DUNDEE Council have condemned an ‘attack’ on 20 trees that were planted to ‘naturalise’ flood alleviation works in Broughty Ferry.
The trees attracted much opposition when they were planted earlier this year, with residents complaining that their view of the sea had been blocked by the Negenia Sycamore.
The council say that tree experts have confirmed that the trees were ‘hacked back’ to a point where they might die.
Mark Flynn, deputy convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee commented, “While we have no idea who carried out this vandalism, the fact that they brought with them proper gardening equipment and only removed those branches that were growing outwards from the main stem seems to suggest it was a premeditated action.
“These trees were planted along the beach front between Bridge Street and the pump house at the foot of South Balmossie Street to soften and naturalise some of the flood protection works, but when residents complained we agreed to remove every second tree.
“However this was only to be done after the growing season had ended so that the young trees could be re-planted elsewhere. But when our teams visited the site to carry out the work they found almost every single one had been attacked and potentially killed off.”
Anne Rendall, Dundee City Council’s tree champion added, “Aside from the £7000 in public money that these trees cost to buy and plant, they enhance the environment for everyone, increase biodiversity and make Dundee an attractive and accessible place to live.
“It is sad and frustrating that these eco-positive views are not shared by everyone in our communities.
“At this point we are still deciding what to do, but even in the best case scenario we’re looking at two to three years to see if the trees recover enough to go ahead with the original plan of removing every second one and re-planting them elsewhere.
“At worst whoever vandalised these trees has killed them all and then we have to decide if we replace them.”