The Friends of Denlethen Woods and the public of Laurencekirk in general have been outraged by a spate of recent vandalism.
Friends spokesman David Young said that on the evening of January 19 the pond area of the woods was vandalised.
More than 25 recently planted sapling trees were damaged by having the protective sleeves and sticks broken off. Also the picnic table and benches were uprooted and thrown onto the ice covered pond.
Mr Young said vandalism began a few weeks ago on a small scale with a few sapling sleeves and stakes broken off and thrown onto the frozen pond. Without the culprits being seen and/or checked by an adult, the mischief escalated to the extent detailed.
“Friends of Denlethen is a group of local people who give of their time freely to look after and improve the woods as a local amenity. Hundreds of people use the woods daily for recreation and there is general appreciation for the work of the Friends. Although it is disheartening to see previous work deliberately damaged, Friends will replant new trees and repair the damaged benches.
“Also, Friends would appreciate the help of regular users of the woods and the general public to interest young people in basic conservation and consequently to recognise vandalism.”
following the vandalism, Grampain Police said: “Grampian Police is investigating a vandalism that occured near the pond area within Denlethen Woods, Laurencekirk, where a number of tree saplings were uprooted and thrown onto the frozen pond.
“The picnic bench was overturned into the pond. The incident is thought to have taken place during the evening/night of Wednesday January 19.
“The damage caused amounts to a three-figure sum.
“Anyone with information is asked to contact Grampian Police on 0845 600 5700 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”