Appeal for help after tree destruction in Sandbanks

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Borough of Poole is seeking residents’ help to identify the person(s) responsible for the destruction of a Stone Pine tree in Brudenell Avenue, Sandbanks, during the evening of Wednesday 7 March.

This was the second attack on this tree with a hand saw and the third tree to be destroyed at the location, the others being poisoned by a herbicide type weed killer.
Andy Dearing, Planning Enforcement Manager, Borough of Poole, said: The only motive for tree destruction at this location seems to be to secure views across the harbour from nearby houses. The three trees destroyed were slow growing and were planted as a long term study into potential trees species that could help to improve the resilience of the sandbanks peninsula. These trees were also providing a future food source for migratory birds.

In the longer term it might be time to consider secure fencing to protect any replanted trees from further attacks.

Councillor Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Planning and Regeneration, Borough of Poole, said:This tree was making a positive contribution to the street scene of Brudenell Avenue so it's very concerning that it has been destroyed in this way. The council is fully committed to protecting Poole's environment and will have no hesitation in seeking prosecution through the courts against those individuals who seek to damage or destroy trees.

The council is appealing for anyone with information to contact the Planning Enforcement Team on 01202 633316. Any person coming forward with information will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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