Anger as award-winning Sidmouth meadow is vandalised

PUBLISHED: 12:12 26 October 2015 | UPDATED: 16:09 26 October 2015

The two trees which were completely damaged in Margaret's Meadow over the weekend. Ref shs margarets meadow trees. Picture contributed

The two trees which were completely damaged in Margaret's Meadow over the weekend. Ref shs margarets meadow trees. Picture contributed

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Owners of a tranquil retreat in The Byes have blasted the behaviour of 'mindless vandals' after the area was targeted for the second time in a little over a year.

The SVA working party take a break from their duties in Margaret's Meadow on Monday which included clearing up after vandals tore down two beech trees. Ref shs 4578-43-15SH. Picture: Simon HornThe SVA working party take a break from their duties in Margaret's Meadow on Monday which included clearing up after vandals tore down two beech trees. Ref shs 4578-43-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Two beech trees were pushed over in the award-winning Golden Copse in Margaret’s Meadow at some point over the weekend of October 17 / 18.

A volunteer working party from the Sid Vale Association (SVA) was made aware of the damage on Monday (October 19) morning and removed the felled trees.

The area was planted with trees producing golden foliage in January 2003 to commemorate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.

The living memorial was organised by the SVA and was funded by donations from residents and businesses.

SVA vice chairman Ed Harrison said: “We will not be bowed by these mindless vandals.

“We always replace or repair and we will continue to do so.

“Why there are people in our society who think it is a big laugh to damage what we try to do for the environment, we are at a loss to know. It is not the money so much as the irritation - we are very proud of Sidmouth and its heritage.”

In August last year, vandals ripped wooden signs from fences in the copse, caused fire damage to a pair of trees and ‘burnt’ a phallic symbol into the grass.

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