Vandals have struck again at the play park on Jubilee Green just days after a large number of trees and shrubs forming the final phase of the original Beacon Play Scheme project were planted.
Two silver birch birch trees planted behind the staged seating area at the rear of the park were snapped off within a week of being planted at the end of April and a third tree was damaged last weekend.
Plants forming a new hedge around a patio at the nearby Jubilee Centre have also been pulled up, as have plants and grasses in the moat that surrounds the play park.
Michelle Dent of the independent Friends of Jubilee Green volunteer group told The Journal:
“We are naturally very upset that one or two individuals are trying to destroy the trees and plants. But, we remain focused that the park is enjoyed everyday by families, dog walkers, grandparents, teenagers and the wider community.”
“We will continue to work with Bradley Stoke Town Council (BSTC) and the police to try to find solution to this problem and ask the community to help us look after this park, our community park.”
Michelle adds that the hedge has now been re-planted, the silver birch trees smeared with lard to try to hinder any good grip on the trunks and all the swale grass and other plants in the moat replanted.
Users of the park and local residents are being asked to contact the police on 0845 4567000 if they witness any acts of vandalism, bullying or any other worrying behaviour.
On a positive note, an avenue of fruit trees along the path that leads to ‘Owl Bridge’ and a bed of sensory plants have also been planted and “look amazing”, says Michelle …
“The avenue has apple trees (both eating apples and cooking apples), pear trees and greengages, which will hopefully bear fruit in two years time and there are trees that have been planted in the moat near the sports court that will smell of candyfloss in the autumn.”
“In the sensory beds there is lavender and pinks as well as a type of willow that has corkscrew stems.”
The Friends group reports that it is now through the first stage of its grant application for a youth structure (shelter) and flying carpet (a new piece of play equipment). An expression of interest application has been reviewed and the group has now been invited to make a full application.
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