Trees destroyed, nets torn – and for no reason at all

A young tree was snapped in half at Beveridge Park
A young tree was snapped in half at Beveridge Park
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Vandals have struck again at a popular Kirkcaldy park, causing damage to trees and trying to rip down a fence around the tennis courts.

The mindless acts took place in Beveridge Park at some point over the weekend.

The tennis courts were also a target for vandals

The tennis courts were also a target for vandals

This week park-users hit out at the “pointless acts which spoil it for everyone”.

Youngsters trying to get conkers from the horse chestnut trees behind Kirkcaldy Rugby Club caused damage to many mature trees which had branches knocked off either by large objects being thrown at them or by people climbing and swinging on them trying to get the conkers .

And one of the young, newly planted trees was snapped in two, leaving it beyond repair.

Meanwhile the park’s tennis courts, which are very popular around Wimbledon time, had nets ripped off their stands, with one seen blowing along the street outside.

A snapped off branch from one of the trees in the Beveridge Park

A snapped off branch from one of the trees in the Beveridge Park

The fence which runs along the back of the courts, dividing them from the main road, was left bent and tangled as vandals tried to pull it over.

Scott Clelland, parks manager for the Kirkcaldy area with Fife Council, said: “This is a public open space and there are situations which will always arise within that. It is very hard to take specific action to prevent vandalism of trees or facilities within a park.

“We rely on the public to be our eyes and ears, and if anyone has any information regarding these recent acts of vandalism we would ask them to please contact ourselves and the police.”

Donna Briggs (37), who is a childcare worker in Kirkcaldy, said: “I am in the park regularly with the children and I must say that although there are always kids hanging about, they don’t seem to be damaging 
anything. The ones doing this are just spoiling it for the youngsters and everyone else.”

Jean Pickersgill (67), from Auchtertool, said: “It is so stupid.

‘‘This is such a beautiful park. I don’t know why anyone would want to wreck it. The trees will no doubt recover as this seems to happen every year at conker time, but pulling down the nets and fence, I just don’t understand.”

Another Cardenden couple who come to the park to walk their dog, but did not wish to be named, added: “I work with the council in Kelty and we have a lot of bother with vandalism there too.

“I can’t say what I’d like to do to those responsible because it is just badness and spoils it for everyone who uses the park, as well as costing the council a lot of money to put right, when it doesn’t have that money to spare.”