Three vandalised trees which died after having a poisonous substance poured into their trunks have been replaced at a cost of more than £500.
The culprits drilled holes into the trunks of the sycamores in Harwich’s Harbour Crescent last September.
An unknown substance was used to destroy the trees planted by Tendring District Council (TDC) more than 15 years ago.
They were among a number planted in the area by the Council to improve the street scene.
The sycamores died and were dug up by TDC and have now been replaced during this planting season.
Michael Talbot, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said that he had been appalled when he discovered what had happened to the trees and could not understand why anyone would take such action.
“It was all a bit of a mystery at the time and we never did find out who was responsible for such a mindless act of vandalism,” he said.
“The main thing is that we have now removed the dead sycamores and have replaced them with new ones, albeit at a cost to the public purse.”
The matter was initially reported to the Council by residents living nearby and was also reported to Essex Police.
Cllr Talbot added: “Hopefully there will be no further occurrence of any attempt to destroy trees in this area and within a few years we will have some healthy replacements to enhance the street scene.”
Photo credit for Maria Fowler