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Pet caused £10,000 worth of damage to local trees

Merton Council is asking residents to get in touch if they see anyone causing damage to the borough's trees following the vandalism of five trees in South Wimbledon.

Following a survey of the trees, the council's greenspaces team suspect the damage in Nelson Gardens and Green Walks, near Abbey Recreation Ground, to be caused by dogs.

The trees have substantial biting and gnawing marks on their trunks with one tree being completely destroyed. It is estimated that the value of the trees that have been damaged is up to £10,000.

Merton Council's cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration Councillor Andrew Judge said: "We plant trees around the borough to help remove pollutants from the air, and to keep Merton looking beautiful as well as providing many other benefits to wildlife and our health and wellbeing.

"It's terrible that these trees have been harmed in this way and we urge dog owners to be responsible for their pets. Please get in touch if you see a tree being damaged."

February 20, 2015