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Mystery surrounds poisoned trees in Norfolk

Posted on Monday, 23 October, 2017 | Comment icon 7 comments

The trees are protected due to their age and historical significance. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Jim Linwood
Authorities have been investigating a recent 'attack' on a number of protected 200-year-old trees.
The incident, which occurred at Koolunga House in Gorleston, England, saw an unknown individual drill holes in the trunks of eight protected trees before pouring a poisonous substance inside.

"It's a real mystery as to why anyone would want to do it," said council leader Graham Plant. "I don't know what their motive is, but they are doing it and it's got to stop."

Residents of the property have offered a monetary reward for information leading to the culprit's arrest.

"This is part of Gorleston's history, and it isn't just in Koolunga, there's been a 200-year-old beech tree that's been attacked at a neighbouring garden," said Plant.

"It's somebody who has got a motive and their reason for doing things, I don't care what they are, we will do what we can to protect those trees."

Source: BBC News | Comments (7)

Tags: Trees, Poison

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by seanjo on 23 October, 2017, 18:25
My first suspects would be anyone that has applied for a solar panel grant and had it refused because the trees are in the way.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Stiff on 23 October, 2017, 18:31
Or the trees are blocking light to their property. But either way, they would be obvious suspects. Surely anyone living that close wouldn't be stupid enough to do it?
Comment icon #3 Posted by seanjo on 23 October, 2017, 18:46
If they think they can get away with it they might, the burden of proof is with the authorities and I can't see how anything could be proven without vids/pics and/or finding the tools and chemicals used.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Still Waters on 23 October, 2017, 18:52
Perhaps it was someone hoping to occupy one of the flats and was turned down.
Comment icon #5 Posted by UFOwatcher on 23 October, 2017, 23:45
Someone probably resented having their view blocked. I would suspect someone on a second story or higher. Wonder what is beyond the trees? Not a nice thing to do.
Comment icon #6 Posted by clare256 on 24 October, 2017, 13:58
Someone who doesn't like raking leaves.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats on 28 October, 2017, 5:24
This sort of thing happens all the time in Oz along the beachfront. Trees needed to preserve the beachfront get “mysteriously” poisoned. One local council responded by putting up a big sign saying “TREE KILLED HERE. PLEASE CONTACT THE COUNCIL IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING”. After the sign was mysteriously knocked down a new sign popped up detailing the fines relating to the destruction of council property and a smaller one informing people that servalliance cameras were now in use.

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