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Council condemns mindless vandalism of Greenway trees planted by volunteers

Published Thursday, 28 March 2019

Vandals who have ripped up newly planted trees on a stretch of the Greenway in Rushden will not stop volunteers and council staff from improving the much-loved route.

Friends of the Greenway, a group made up of volunteers and staff from East Northamptonshire Council, had recently spent a day tidying the foot and cycle path and planting trees, shrubs and bulbs to encourage wildlife to the area. Just two weeks later, vandals have ripped up trees and dumped them on the verges. Volunteers have taken to social media to share their disgust at the vandalism and to offer help to repair and re-plant the vandalised area.

Cllr Sarah Peacock, Chairman of the Greenway Board, said: “We were all on such a high following a great day of over 50 volunteers working hard to improve the look and feel of the Greenway. Now, we’re horrified and angry to see the damage that has been done. It’s hard to understand why anyone takes satisfaction in ripping up trees and damaging bins. Fortunately, most people do care for their environment and we won’t be beaten so we have re-planted the trees and will repair any other damage so that residents and visitors can continue to enjoy the Greenway.”

Community Partnerships Officer and project lead, Lucy Hawes adds: “Having quality green space to enjoy makes a huge difference to everyone - it gives us a chance to enjoy nature and the great outdoors as well as the satisfaction of creating and caring for something good as a group. We know that the Greenway is valued by locals and visitors alike so we will not give up on protecting and improving this valuable asset.”

Please report any concerns about vandalism or damage to the Greenway to East Northamptonshire Council on 01832 742000 or  

Improving the Greenway is part of a long-term Out to Water Into History Heritage Lottery Funded project to form a link between Rushden Town and the surrounding countryside.