Mindless vandals destroy 30 newly-planted trees in Bournemouth park

MINDLESS: One of 30 trees snapped in two after a wrecking spree by vandals

MINDLESS: One of 30 trees snapped in two after a wrecking spree by vandals

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AROUND 30 newly-planted trees were destroyed when vandals went on a wrecking spree in a Bournemouth park.

Forty young trees were planted in Kings Park a few weeks ago but now three quarters of them have been snapped in two.

The damage was discovered by AFC Bournemouth staff on Thursday. They had bought and planted the trees around the Cherries’ new training pitch as required by their planning permission for the new facility.

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Chief executive Eddie Mitchell said: “It costs us a lot of money and a lot of time trying to make the area more pleasant.

“We are very disappointed, it seems a pointless exercise. I’m sure the majority of our fans, if not all of them, will be disappointed to see that the club’s money is being thrown away or destroyed by people from outside the club.”

The damage has also dismayed park users and Bournemouth council.

Jerry Kelsey, principal landscape and arboricultural officer, said: “The trees in this case were planted as part of the landscaping condition attached to planning consent given to AFC Bournemouth and had not long been in place. It is down to AFC Bournemouth to replace the damaged trees which is an unfortunate direct cost to them.”

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5:06pm Wed 30 Jan 13

pokesdown1 says...

Mr Kelsey seems a nice chap.
Mr Kelsey seems a nice chap. pokesdown1
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5:15pm Wed 30 Jan 13

rayc says...

Can Mr Kelsey say for how long Bournemouth AFC will be responsible for these trees?
Can Mr Kelsey say for how long Bournemouth AFC will be responsible for these trees? rayc
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6:36pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Carolyn43 says...

What is wrong with the morons that are doing things like this? Gravestones, trees, cars .......
.......
I suppose that's the answer - they are morons.
What is wrong with the morons that are doing things like this? Gravestones, trees, cars ....... ....... I suppose that's the answer - they are morons. Carolyn43
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7:00pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Tripod says...

Just guessing... maybe someone who's upset at not being allowed access to the "Shared" training pitches built on Public Land?
Just guessing... maybe someone who's upset at not being allowed access to the "Shared" training pitches built on Public Land? Tripod
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7:30pm Wed 30 Jan 13

aerolover says...

Perhaps the dog walker who didn't want the training ground to be there in the first place. Just a thought not only vandals who cause damage but sneaky undercover of dark nimby's.
Perhaps the dog walker who didn't want the training ground to be there in the first place. Just a thought not only vandals who cause damage but sneaky undercover of dark nimby's. aerolover
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8:19pm Wed 30 Jan 13

ragj195 says...

aerolover wrote:
Perhaps the dog walker who didn't want the training ground to be there in the first place. Just a thought not only vandals who cause damage but sneaky undercover of dark nimby's.
Perhaps the houses with a view overlooking the park would prefer they weren't there as the trees either side fo them have been left untouched.
[quote][p][bold]aerolover[/bold] wrote: Perhaps the dog walker who didn't want the training ground to be there in the first place. Just a thought not only vandals who cause damage but sneaky undercover of dark nimby's.[/p][/quote]Perhaps the houses with a view overlooking the park would prefer they weren't there as the trees either side fo them have been left untouched. ragj195
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10:15pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Lord Spring says...

aerolover wrote:
Perhaps the dog walker who didn't want the training ground to be there in the first place. Just a thought not only vandals who cause damage but sneaky undercover of dark nimby's.
Dogs love trees think about it.
[quote][p][bold]aerolover[/bold] wrote: Perhaps the dog walker who didn't want the training ground to be there in the first place. Just a thought not only vandals who cause damage but sneaky undercover of dark nimby's.[/p][/quote]Dogs love trees think about it. Lord Spring
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1:18am Thu 31 Jan 13

billd766 says...

Jerry Kelsey, principal landscape and arboricultural officer, said: “The trees in this case were planted as part of the landscaping condition attached to planning consent given to AFC Bournemouth and had not long been in place. It is down to AFC Bournemouth to replace the damaged trees which is an unfortunate direct cost to them.”

But Mr Kelsey AFC Bournemouth fulfilled that part of the conditions of landscaping in the planning consent.
For just how long are they to be responsible for that. Should there be a 24/7 guard on the site, CCTV, savage guard dogs, what?
Jerry Kelsey, principal landscape and arboricultural officer, said: “The trees in this case were planted as part of the landscaping condition attached to planning consent given to AFC Bournemouth and had not long been in place. It is down to AFC Bournemouth to replace the damaged trees which is an unfortunate direct cost to them.” But Mr Kelsey AFC Bournemouth fulfilled that part of the conditions of landscaping in the planning consent. For just how long are they to be responsible for that. Should there be a 24/7 guard on the site, CCTV, savage guard dogs, what? billd766
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5:32am Thu 31 Jan 13

Loyal2AFCB says...

I suspect that this is the handiwork of disgruntled ”local“ residents. I don't see why the club should should incurr the costs of replacing the trees as they are likely to be targeted again. Eddie Mitchell should tell that Kelsey character to get stuffed.
I suspect that this is the handiwork of disgruntled ”local“ residents. I don't see why the club should should incurr the costs of replacing the trees as they are likely to be targeted again. Eddie Mitchell should tell that Kelsey character to get stuffed. Loyal2AFCB
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8:02am Thu 31 Jan 13

aerolover says...

Lord Spring wrote:
aerolover wrote:
Perhaps the dog walker who didn't want the training ground to be there in the first place. Just a thought not only vandals who cause damage but sneaky undercover of dark nimby's.
Dogs love trees think about it.
Dogs will pee on anything that sticks up even a broken tree so that argument doesn't work.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]aerolover[/bold] wrote: Perhaps the dog walker who didn't want the training ground to be there in the first place. Just a thought not only vandals who cause damage but sneaky undercover of dark nimby's.[/p][/quote]Dogs love trees think about it.[/p][/quote]Dogs will pee on anything that sticks up even a broken tree so that argument doesn't work. aerolover
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8:34am Thu 31 Jan 13

Tom 'Boscombe' Jones says...

Yes the presumption that these vandals are 'mindless' and therefore acting without purpose or intent is unproven and questionable. Still not a surprising headline from the echo.
Yes the presumption that these vandals are 'mindless' and therefore acting without purpose or intent is unproven and questionable. Still not a surprising headline from the echo. Tom 'Boscombe' Jones
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10:20am Thu 31 Jan 13

Hessenford says...

Carolyn43 wrote:
What is wrong with the morons that are doing things like this? Gravestones, trees, cars .......
.......
I suppose that's the answer - they are morons.
I feel you have answered your own question and I totally agree with you.
[quote][p][bold]Carolyn43[/bold] wrote: What is wrong with the morons that are doing things like this? Gravestones, trees, cars ....... ....... I suppose that's the answer - they are morons.[/p][/quote]I feel you have answered your own question and I totally agree with you. Hessenford
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4:30pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Bournesouthmouth Downpokes says...

Yet more disgusting behavior by local yobs with no morals. Grow up low lives and learn to love your own community.
Yet more disgusting behavior by local yobs with no morals. Grow up low lives and learn to love your own community. Bournesouthmouth Downpokes
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5:24pm Thu 31 Jan 13

uvox44 says...

given the number of times this happens why oh why does the council and others plant such small trees that are easily broken without any form of fencing or protection from those who would rather destroy than do anything positive?
given the number of times this happens why oh why does the council and others plant such small trees that are easily broken without any form of fencing or protection from those who would rather destroy than do anything positive? uvox44
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