Vandals decimate rare trees

Mayor Jason Schram and Colac Botanic Gardens historian Helen Paatsch are disappointed in vandals who damaged about 15 trees in the gardens this week, and urge anybody with information about the crime to contact Colac Police Station.

Vandals have deliberately damaged more than a dozen trees in the Colac Botanic Gardens.

Council officers on Monday reported damage to a range of trees near the Lake Colac side of the gardens.

Mayor Jason Schram said the council was disappointed that vandals had ripped branches and broken the tops off trees, including significant species that had been cultivated from some of the botanic gardens’ oldest and rarest trees.

“There is damage to about 15 trees, mainly along the northern bank of the gardens and one in the centre of the gardens, including a wollemi pine which is one of the world’s oldest and rarest plants,” Cr Schram said.

“Most of the trees are between two and five years old, and whoever is responsible for the damage has reached through wire cages to break branches; it was a deliberate attack.

“Our parks and gardens staff have also reported further damage to the botanic gardens’ fence along Fyans Street, between the Hesse Street entrance and Gellibrand Street entrance.

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