Community leaders have aired their “disappointment” after a number of community-planted trees have been stolen from a Moorlands village. The trees had been put in place in the parish of Checkley in March to “acknowledge and offer thanks for the sacrifices” which have been made over the past year within the community.
Community leaders have aired their “disappointment” after a number of community-planted trees have been stolen from a Moorlands village.
The trees had been put in place in the parish of Checkley in March to “acknowledge and offer thanks for the sacrifices” which have been made over the past year within the community.
A spokesman for the parish council said: “It was with great pride that Checkley Parish Council secured grant funding for three community tree planting projects, particularly the new community orchard and island beds in Well Meadow Gardens.
“Projects to improve and enhance the parish’s green spaces for the enjoyment of all residents, provide educational opportunities and opportunities for community events such ‘Apple Days,’ fruit picking outings for our school children and not least to in response to the climate change emergency.
“Members of the parish council were devastated, disappointed and sad to learn on Wednesday (May 26), of the theft of two community trees from Well Meadow Gardens.
“A fruit tree from the community orchard and an ornamental tree from one of the island beds, trees that would have been a joy to behold for many generations taken away. “
They added: “Despite this set back the parish council will continue to work on similar projects to complement our beautiful parish.
“Community Police Officers have been informed of the theft.”
Chairman Checkley Parish Council, councillor Alan Hulme, said: “I’m very disappointed that someone in our community has stooped this low. I hope they enjoy the fruits.”
Meanwhile, vice-chairman of the council, councillor Stephen Bell, added: “This occurrence is very sad on so many levels, for the trees themselves it is highly unlikely that they will survive being dug up and re-planted.”
It is set to cost the parish council around £120 – £140 to replace the two trees.
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