Aylsham

Vandals strike in country park

Just Regional
May 14, 2020 2 mins read

Vandals have caused damage in Holt Country Park, including destroying fencing, benches and way-marker signs, many of which have only recently been erected.

Rangers at the park discovered the damage after the bank holiday weekend and said some of the wooden way-markers showed signs of scorching, suggesting that the offenders also tried to set light to them, threatening the entire woodland.

North Norfolk District Council’s sports, recreation and countryside manager, Colin Brown, said: “We are lucky in North Norfolk that instances such as this are rare, however, to discover this today was particularly disappointing for all the team.

“Our woodlands, parks and open spaces play a very important role in people’s lives and are much loved by those who use them. Our small team works very hard to manage and maintain them to a standard that everyone can be proud of so we hope that this will prove to be an isolated incident, and that all the improvements to our sites which we have been making can be enjoyed as they were intended.”

The incident has been reported to the police.

Holt Country Park has been a huge part of the council’s 110,000 Trees project, which aims to plant one tree for every resident in North Norfolk over a four-year period. In Holt Country Park, more than 3,000 trees have been planted by volunteers in the first planting season alone.

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