Vandalism in Botanic Gardens
Vandalism in Botanic
Date: 25th March
CHRISTCHURCH CITY COUNCIL MEDIA RELEASE
major clean up is in under way in the Botanic Gardens today
after vandals caused damage in two areas of the gardens over
the Easter weekend.
Last night two newly planted areas
were torn out, with plants and rocks dumped along the
pathways. Garden furniture and fences in the area were also
Early on Sunday morning a shed near the
Poison Garden was burnt down, causing damage to the tree
Jeremy Hawker, the Christchurch City
Council’s Botanical Services Operations Team Manager, says
the vandalism in the gardens appears to be escalating.
another recent incident a large amount of broken glass was
scattered in the paddling pool and underneath the play
equipment in the Children’s Playground.
Mr Hawker says
the gardens are locked at night, and there are security
patrols of the area, but they are now looking at options to
He says the damage is particularly
disappointing for garden staff who put a lot of care and
effort into maintaining the gardens.
The incidents have
been reported to the police.
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