Yobs uproot trees

Mary Farragher, next to a pile of protective covers that have been removed from the vandalised trees in Hreod Burna Urban Forest

Mary Farragher, next to a pile of protective covers that have been removed from the vandalised trees in Hreod Burna Urban Forest

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MINDLESS vandals destroyed around 20 newly-planted trees at an urban forest in Gorse Hill on Sunday.

In February 1,000 trees and 25 standard fruit trees were planted by a number of volunteers, including some of the Scouts at the Hreod Burna Urban Forest to develop the open space into a valuable community asset.

But on Sunday 20 trees had their stakes uprooted, their rabbit guards removed and were bashed and broken by vandals.

Mary Farragher, a long-standing member of the Hreod Burna Urban Forest group, was saddened that the trees had been attacked.

The Gorse Hill resident said: “It’s always very disappointing when something like this happens. The Urban Forest is something for everybody to enjoy and it seems such a shame that anything like this should happen.

“It’s a long process to see everything grow and it is for the community. They haven’t just harmed the trees or the group but the whole community who enjoy the forest.”

The forest is on the site of the former allotments at Pickards Small Field and Kembrey Grass, which was threatened to be lost to housing in 2012.

Residents were outraged during a public meeting to inform residents of the controversial plans by developer Haboakus, and the community group, the Hreod Burna Parkway Conservation Group, was established. Over the past two years the group has worked hard to campaign for the site to be used as an urban forest, and to develop the land into an orchard.

Mary said: “It’s very hard work to plant trees and we have been working hard to keep this space for the community, so it is upsetting that this has happened. It will take even more work to set all the trees right again.”

The group were keen to establish an urban forest after learning about the benefit of green spaces for people’s wellbeing.

Mary said: “It has been established that an area of green with trees or flowers helps people to live longer. And it’s been proven that it’s good for patients in hospital to be able to see green and trees rather than just bricks and mortar.”

Last month the group achieved charitable status and will hold its first annual meeting on May 14 at the Gorse Hill Community Centre.

A police spokesman said: “At 12.30pm on Sunday police were called to reports of 10 youths whipping up saplings at Pickards Small Fields in Gorse Hill. “Officers went to the area but the youths weren’t there when we arrived, but one of the people at the centre managed to get some video footage which we are looking at.”

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9:03am Thu 1 May 14

silvergran says...

Makes me so mad after all the hard work done by those putting the trees in for the benefit of everyone that some mindless morons do something like this. I don't suppose they will ever get found out, but probably someone took pictures of the 'fun' they were having, so with a bit of luck, it may just happen.
Makes me so mad after all the hard work done by those putting the trees in for the benefit of everyone that some mindless morons do something like this. I don't suppose they will ever get found out, but probably someone took pictures of the 'fun' they were having, so with a bit of luck, it may just happen. silvergran
  • Score: 21

9:39am Thu 1 May 14

nobody says...

The police might have arrived earlier if the police station was in the centre of town and not almost in Oxfordshire.
The police might have arrived earlier if the police station was in the centre of town and not almost in Oxfordshire. nobody
  • Score: 14

9:46am Thu 1 May 14

Morsey says...

Disgusting!!! Just think, parents were cradling these little sh1ts in their arms only a few years ago, and what they have produced are evil to society.
Disgusting!!! Just think, parents were cradling these little sh1ts in their arms only a few years ago, and what they have produced are evil to society. Morsey
  • Score: 15

2:26pm Thu 1 May 14

beach1e says...

how much money is wasted on youth services in this town? they wont find the scum that did this probably, but id they did, nothing would happen to them. People are just too soft and the youth have no respect as they arent taught it at home or school. shameful...welcome to modern Britain. Yes i know we had scum like this since time began,,,but at least there used to be deterrent. Now there is nothing except for bleeding heart liberals who say we need to spend more money on scum...a quick stint in prison might work.
how much money is wasted on youth services in this town? they wont find the scum that did this probably, but id they did, nothing would happen to them. People are just too soft and the youth have no respect as they arent taught it at home or school. shameful...welcome to modern Britain. Yes i know we had scum like this since time began,,,but at least there used to be deterrent. Now there is nothing except for bleeding heart liberals who say we need to spend more money on scum...a quick stint in prison might work. beach1e
  • Score: 3

3:49pm Thu 1 May 14

house on the hill says...

beach1e wrote:
how much money is wasted on youth services in this town? they wont find the scum that did this probably, but id they did, nothing would happen to them. People are just too soft and the youth have no respect as they arent taught it at home or school. shameful...welcome to modern Britain. Yes i know we had scum like this since time began,,,but at least there used to be deterrent. Now there is nothing except for bleeding heart liberals who say we need to spend more money on scum...a quick stint in prison might work.
If only there were judges with the balls to do it! And enough prisons to house them. We are told that crime is falling and yet prisons are overcrowded and some let out early, how does that work then?
[quote][p][bold]beach1e[/bold] wrote: how much money is wasted on youth services in this town? they wont find the scum that did this probably, but id they did, nothing would happen to them. People are just too soft and the youth have no respect as they arent taught it at home or school. shameful...welcome to modern Britain. Yes i know we had scum like this since time began,,,but at least there used to be deterrent. Now there is nothing except for bleeding heart liberals who say we need to spend more money on scum...a quick stint in prison might work.[/p][/quote]If only there were judges with the balls to do it! And enough prisons to house them. We are told that crime is falling and yet prisons are overcrowded and some let out early, how does that work then? house on the hill
  • Score: 7

3:59pm Thu 1 May 14

mrwoo says...

Perhaps the trees started it? They can be gobby fockers those trees!
Perhaps the trees started it? They can be gobby fockers those trees! mrwoo
  • Score: -7

6:59pm Thu 1 May 14

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

house on the hill wrote:
beach1e wrote:
how much money is wasted on youth services in this town? they wont find the scum that did this probably, but id they did, nothing would happen to them. People are just too soft and the youth have no respect as they arent taught it at home or school. shameful...welcome to modern Britain. Yes i know we had scum like this since time began,,,but at least there used to be deterrent. Now there is nothing except for bleeding heart liberals who say we need to spend more money on scum...a quick stint in prison might work.
If only there were judges with the balls to do it! And enough prisons to house them. We are told that crime is falling and yet prisons are overcrowded and some let out early, how does that work then?
Well a report out today may go some way to explaining why we are always seeing falling crime figures.....

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-27226110
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beach1e[/bold] wrote: how much money is wasted on youth services in this town? they wont find the scum that did this probably, but id they did, nothing would happen to them. People are just too soft and the youth have no respect as they arent taught it at home or school. shameful...welcome to modern Britain. Yes i know we had scum like this since time began,,,but at least there used to be deterrent. Now there is nothing except for bleeding heart liberals who say we need to spend more money on scum...a quick stint in prison might work.[/p][/quote]If only there were judges with the balls to do it! And enough prisons to house them. We are told that crime is falling and yet prisons are overcrowded and some let out early, how does that work then?[/p][/quote]Well a report out today may go some way to explaining why we are always seeing falling crime figures..... http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-27226110 LordAshOfTheBrake
  • Score: 5

7:11pm Thu 1 May 14

captaineasychord says...

This is mindless vandalism and I like anyone else would love to see the thugs who did it face justice. However to give this as a reason to cut back on youth spending is completely nonsensical. Kids need stuff to do. If they don't have stuff to do then they end up hanging around on the streets looking for ways to entertain themselves, which never ends well. Most of us did some pretty stupid things as teenagers, I know I did. I wouldn't really fancy being a teenager today. Huge debt if you go to uni, huge struggle to find a decent job, stuck with parents for years because there's no affordable housing. Pretty depressing.

And, house on the hill, crime IS falling. I was talking to a magistrate who reckons that part of the reason for that is because kids are spending far more time in their bedrooms now that they have immersive video games and the Internet. Shame it's not exactly helping the obesity crisis.... Never simple is it?!
This is mindless vandalism and I like anyone else would love to see the thugs who did it face justice. However to give this as a reason to cut back on youth spending is completely nonsensical. Kids need stuff to do. If they don't have stuff to do then they end up hanging around on the streets looking for ways to entertain themselves, which never ends well. Most of us did some pretty stupid things as teenagers, I know I did. I wouldn't really fancy being a teenager today. Huge debt if you go to uni, huge struggle to find a decent job, stuck with parents for years because there's no affordable housing. Pretty depressing. And, house on the hill, crime IS falling. I was talking to a magistrate who reckons that part of the reason for that is because kids are spending far more time in their bedrooms now that they have immersive video games and the Internet. Shame it's not exactly helping the obesity crisis.... Never simple is it?! captaineasychord
  • Score: -2

7:33pm Thu 1 May 14

subbuteoles says...

beach1e, totally agree with your comments. When i attended primary school in the early 60s we were taught from an early age to respect people and their property. Things that don,t happen in our schools today unfortunately.
beach1e, totally agree with your comments. When i attended primary school in the early 60s we were taught from an early age to respect people and their property. Things that don,t happen in our schools today unfortunately. subbuteoles
  • Score: 3

7:29am Fri 2 May 14

leafy1 says...

Where was the local bobby then ?
Where was the local bobby then ? leafy1
  • Score: 0

11:58am Fri 2 May 14

ChannelX says...

LordAshOfTheBrake wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
beach1e wrote:
how much money is wasted on youth services in this town? they wont find the scum that did this probably, but id they did, nothing would happen to them. People are just too soft and the youth have no respect as they arent taught it at home or school. shameful...welcome to modern Britain. Yes i know we had scum like this since time began,,,but at least there used to be deterrent. Now there is nothing except for bleeding heart liberals who say we need to spend more money on scum...a quick stint in prison might work.
If only there were judges with the balls to do it! And enough prisons to house them. We are told that crime is falling and yet prisons are overcrowded and some let out early, how does that work then?
Well a report out today may go some way to explaining why we are always seeing falling crime figures.....

http://www.bbc.co.uk

/news/uk-27226110
It's good to see the truth finally shown.

Crime isn't falling - and the nature of crimes committed is getting worse.

The police can lie about it all they like, anyone with eyes and ears is only too aware of the reality.
[quote][p][bold]LordAshOfTheBrake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beach1e[/bold] wrote: how much money is wasted on youth services in this town? they wont find the scum that did this probably, but id they did, nothing would happen to them. People are just too soft and the youth have no respect as they arent taught it at home or school. shameful...welcome to modern Britain. Yes i know we had scum like this since time began,,,but at least there used to be deterrent. Now there is nothing except for bleeding heart liberals who say we need to spend more money on scum...a quick stint in prison might work.[/p][/quote]If only there were judges with the balls to do it! And enough prisons to house them. We are told that crime is falling and yet prisons are overcrowded and some let out early, how does that work then?[/p][/quote]Well a report out today may go some way to explaining why we are always seeing falling crime figures..... http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-27226110[/p][/quote]It's good to see the truth finally shown. Crime isn't falling - and the nature of crimes committed is getting worse. The police can lie about it all they like, anyone with eyes and ears is only too aware of the reality. ChannelX
  • Score: 4

11:59am Fri 2 May 14

ChannelX says...

captaineasychord wrote:
This is mindless vandalism and I like anyone else would love to see the thugs who did it face justice. However to give this as a reason to cut back on youth spending is completely nonsensical. Kids need stuff to do. If they don't have stuff to do then they end up hanging around on the streets looking for ways to entertain themselves, which never ends well. Most of us did some pretty stupid things as teenagers, I know I did. I wouldn't really fancy being a teenager today. Huge debt if you go to uni, huge struggle to find a decent job, stuck with parents for years because there's no affordable housing. Pretty depressing.

And, house on the hill, crime IS falling. I was talking to a magistrate who reckons that part of the reason for that is because kids are spending far more time in their bedrooms now that they have immersive video games and the Internet. Shame it's not exactly helping the obesity crisis.... Never simple is it?!
Did you see the recent report that showed hardly any 'debt ridden' students will ever pay back even a tiny percentage of the money they borrowed?
[quote][p][bold]captaineasychord[/bold] wrote: This is mindless vandalism and I like anyone else would love to see the thugs who did it face justice. However to give this as a reason to cut back on youth spending is completely nonsensical. Kids need stuff to do. If they don't have stuff to do then they end up hanging around on the streets looking for ways to entertain themselves, which never ends well. Most of us did some pretty stupid things as teenagers, I know I did. I wouldn't really fancy being a teenager today. Huge debt if you go to uni, huge struggle to find a decent job, stuck with parents for years because there's no affordable housing. Pretty depressing. And, house on the hill, crime IS falling. I was talking to a magistrate who reckons that part of the reason for that is because kids are spending far more time in their bedrooms now that they have immersive video games and the Internet. Shame it's not exactly helping the obesity crisis.... Never simple is it?![/p][/quote]Did you see the recent report that showed hardly any 'debt ridden' students will ever pay back even a tiny percentage of the money they borrowed? ChannelX
  • Score: 3

12:00pm Fri 2 May 14

ChannelX says...

Morsey wrote:
Disgusting!!! Just think, parents were cradling these little sh1ts in their arms only a few years ago, and what they have produced are evil to society.
It's the left-wing way, Morsey. Amazing that there are still some people around who actually vote for it.
[quote][p][bold]Morsey[/bold] wrote: Disgusting!!! Just think, parents were cradling these little sh1ts in their arms only a few years ago, and what they have produced are evil to society.[/p][/quote]It's the left-wing way, Morsey. Amazing that there are still some people around who actually vote for it. ChannelX
  • Score: 1

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