Hundreds of trees planted by volunteers stolen from Radlett Road Playing Fields

Watford Observer: Hundreds of trees planted by volunteers stolen Hundreds of trees planted by volunteers stolen

Hundreds of trees planted by volunteers have been stolen after a thief “ran rampant” in Watford.

On Wednesday 200 tree saplings planted in the Radlett Road Playing Fields were uprooted and stolen. 

The trees were all native species and included mountain ash, hazel, and crab apple. They were provided as part of Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’s Big Tree Plant.

Victoria Willis, from the group that planted the trees, said: “Whether this act was carried out in order to make a quick profit from the sale of such saplings, or out of protest against the tree planting, is uncertain. 

“Although used as playing fields, the green space by Radlett Road forms part of the Green Belt and is also a designated wildlife corridor.

“The trees planted there would have provided an additional wooded area and much needed biodiversity, in line with its purpose as Green Belt land.”

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12:58pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Arthur says...

That's nothing to the hundreds of olive and fruit trees donated to farmers in Salfeet, Palestine by local Watford residents destroyed and vandalised by illegal immigrants to the region
That's nothing to the hundreds of olive and fruit trees donated to farmers in Salfeet, Palestine by local Watford residents destroyed and vandalised by illegal immigrants to the region Arthur

2:32pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Shortcake Biscuit says...

It's a shame that as part of the 'Wildlife Corner' the fenced section in the park next to the railway - that is also a 'Wildlife Reserve' hasn't been cleaned up and looked after as part of the plans a natural habitat is already in place and has been left looking like a rubbish tip ................... And as these saplings were so small it's not surprising they have been pulled straight back out........
It's a shame that as part of the 'Wildlife Corner' the fenced section in the park next to the railway - that is also a 'Wildlife Reserve' hasn't been cleaned up and looked after as part of the plans a natural habitat is already in place and has been left looking like a rubbish tip ................... And as these saplings were so small it's not surprising they have been pulled straight back out........ Shortcake Biscuit

6:06pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Cuetip says...

First it was lead, then man hole covers, followed by wire from railway lines and even metal from grave stones. Now it seems with the clamp down on illegal scrap, these mindless nasty individuals will now stop at nothing. The wreckage and disruption they cost the country is enormous as they vagabonds callously vandalise the efforts of volunteers to make a positive difference to society.
A severe example needs to be made of these idiots.
First it was lead, then man hole covers, followed by wire from railway lines and even metal from grave stones. Now it seems with the clamp down on illegal scrap, these mindless nasty individuals will now stop at nothing. The wreckage and disruption they cost the country is enormous as they vagabonds callously vandalise the efforts of volunteers to make a positive difference to society. A severe example needs to be made of these idiots. Cuetip

11:03am Tue 25 Feb 14

LocalBoy1 says...

Cuetip wrote:
First it was lead, then man hole covers, followed by wire from railway lines and even metal from grave stones. Now it seems with the clamp down on illegal scrap, these mindless nasty individuals will now stop at nothing. The wreckage and disruption they cost the country is enormous as they vagabonds callously vandalise the efforts of volunteers to make a positive difference to society.
A severe example needs to be made of these idiots.
Having a pretty good idea of the ethnic/cultural origins of these nasty individuals, no they wont stop, ever!. They have no scruples or conscience. Stealing to them is a way of life. It always has been. Now we undoubtedly have let more like minded individuals into the UK thanks to the EU.
[quote][p][bold]Cuetip[/bold] wrote: First it was lead, then man hole covers, followed by wire from railway lines and even metal from grave stones. Now it seems with the clamp down on illegal scrap, these mindless nasty individuals will now stop at nothing. The wreckage and disruption they cost the country is enormous as they vagabonds callously vandalise the efforts of volunteers to make a positive difference to society. A severe example needs to be made of these idiots.[/p][/quote]Having a pretty good idea of the ethnic/cultural origins of these nasty individuals, no they wont stop, ever!. They have no scruples or conscience. Stealing to them is a way of life. It always has been. Now we undoubtedly have let more like minded individuals into the UK thanks to the EU. LocalBoy1

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