Two, and possibly four, semi-mature trees will have to be cut down after their bark was stripped in an act of vandalism in Boston.
In the two most severe cases, at Lighton Avenue, Kirton, and Woodville Road play area, the bark was removed all the way around the trunk, which Boston Borough Council explained was the “death sentence” for the trees.
The tree at Kirton was “skinned” from the ground up to its first branch – about as far as someone could reach.
The bark appeared to have been cut off and was left, shredded, on the ground.
The damage was noticed by a dog walker and it is believed the damage on The Triangle at Kirton occurred sometime after 8pm on Saturday, July 23 and before 9.30am the Sunday morning.
Councillor Claire Rylott, Boston Borough Council’s portfolio holder for grounds and open spaces, said: “This is such a shame after so many years of growing.
“Whichever way you look at it, it is vandalism, but I wonder whether whoever did it realised that by stripping the bark off all the way round they have effectively killed these beautiful semi-mature specimens.
“If anyone has any information about who has done this, could they please pass it on to the police, and please report any such activity as soon as it is seen.”