Gingko Tree May Die After Vandals Strike in Dukes Meadows

Stripped of bark on Monday night

The bark from the gingko tree was scattered at its base

The Dukes Meadows Trust believes that a tree attacked by vandals this week is likely to die.

The gingko tree was stripped of its bark on Monday night (15 August).

The removal of the protective cover of the bark makes the tree vulnerable to infection and reduces the effectiveness of its circulatory system meaning that, even if it survives the initial damage, it is likely to die slowly due to a lack of nutrients. The Trust are not optimistic about its chances for survival and are asking anyone with information about who might be responsible to contact them so they can pass details onto the police.

Since 2000 the Dukes Meadows Trust has led the regeneration of the meadows to create the riverside park currently enjoyed by thousands of people every year. It has raised over £1 million to create play areas and has planted hedgerows, wildflower meadows and an orchard to increase the bio diversity of the park.


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August 18, 2022