Tree Enclosures Vandalised

June 30, 2017

We are sad to report deliberate damage to recently planted trees, established as part of the Pearls in Peril (PiP) LIFE+ near Braemar.

The PiP project brought together volunteers from across the region to help plant trees along the upper tributaries of the River Dee.  The aim of the trees is to help fish and wildlife in the river, as well as contribute to tackling flooding and climate change. When the trees were planted, signs were put up on fencing to explain the reason for the planting and asking campers to help look after them by leaving the enclosures untampered.

As the photos show, all wooden stakes - which are necessary to support young trees - have been removed, presumably burnt on nearby campfires, alongside discarded empty glass bottles and other rubbish.

Mark Bilsby, River Director said “After years of hard work by different groups and volunteers in the local community to get these trees planted to protect the river and associated wildlife, this simple act of vandalism is incredibly disappointing. We will not be put-off by this mindless stupidity and will replace the trees and the enclosures. We would urge locals and visitors to the area to remain vigilant and report any potential criminal activities either to the local police or ourselves at the river office.”

 

If you are keen to help volunteer plant more trees, please get in touch by emailing info@riverdee.org.uk or phoning 013398 80411


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