Park cabbage trees reduced to stumps
A group of volunteers are devastated after finding 16 cabbage trees planted as part of a beautification process reduced to stumps.
Some time during the night of July 2 the trees were chopped down at the Foxton River Loop Reserve.
Dr Bob Hoskins, who leads the volunteer team planting, said the team was devastated.
The trees were part of the extensive planting and beautification program implemented by volunteers from Foxton’s Save our River Trust.
‘‘The tops of the trees have all been taken away, there is no mess left at all,’’ Hoskins said.
‘‘To do this the offenders must have had a saw of some sort and a ute or trailer. ‘‘
He believed the people wanted the heads for themselves and in the process destroyed the work they did in the community.
‘‘What a disgrace that now there are 16 stumps sticking up instead of our beautiful cabbage trees.’’
The trust had struggled for many years to restore a healthy flow to what once was a natural loop of the Manawatu River, he said.
Part of their restoration work had focused on beautification with the cutting down of willows, the creation of wetlands and vari- ous walk and cycleways, dredging, planting and maintenance.
Robin Hapi, the chair of the trust, said they thought their work was valued by people in the community.
‘‘If they don’t [value the work] they should talk to us, not deci- mate the work we have done,’’ Hapi said. ‘‘We are hugely disappointed.’’ A police spokeswoman said they had not been informed of the incident but encouraged people to report to them any unlawful taking.
The Foxton Save our River Trust members are devastated cabbage trees planted to beautify the area have been reduced to stumps.