Tree carvings at play area destroyed by mindless yobs

Tree carvings at play area destroyed by mindless yobs

by Tom Martin (June 2022)

VANDALS have destroyed a collection of colourful tree sculptures next to a children’s play area in Waterloo.

The artwork was created by a local artist in Victoria Park and featured animals and quirky characters carved into small tree stumps.

The wooden sculptures were damaged last week with Sefton Council’s cabinet member for communities Cllr Trish Hardy describing it as “incredibly upsetting and disappointing.”

Local park-goer Susan Martin spoke of her anger at the damage, telling the Champion that they were a “big reason” why the children’s park was “such a nice place to go to.”

She said: “My little one loved seeing them when he walked into the play area and it’s upsetting to see them being left in such a state.

“It was the first thing my little boy enjoyed seeing when we got to the park and I couldn’t believe it when I saw the damage. It makes me so angry.

“This was a lovely and unique addition to the park which is now ruined.”

Cllr Trish Hardy added: “Sefton is a borough built on community spirit and respect for each other and the place which we all call home.

“It is incredibly upsetting and disappointing, therefore, that someone has chosen to go against these values and mindlessly damage what was a beautiful and lovingly designed sculpture.

“I would encourage anyone who may have any information about this vandalism to report it to Merseyside Police.”

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