Vandals are targeting new trees

One of the newly planted trees which have been broken in Central Craigavon. INLM08-115gc
One of the newly planted trees which have been broken in Central Craigavon. INLM08-115gc

A £375,000 environmental improvement scheme for improving the landscape in Craigavon has become the target for vandals in the area.

The council has recently begun planting 1,100 trees in the second phase of the Neighbourhoods in Bloom project.

Unfortunately a number of the trees have had to be replaced as a result of vandalism.

The first phase had involved the planting of daffodils and in this second phase pear and cherry blossom trees are being planted to add a splash of colour.

No sooner were the saplings in the ground than a number were snapped in two.
The project is being funded by the Department for Social Development and takes in neighbourhood renewal areas in the borough.

A council spokesperson appealed for a stop to the destruction pointing out they will not be replanting any more damaged trees.