01:15AM, Friday 19 July 2013
A reward is being offered by the Royal Borough for information about the 'mindless vandal' who hacked a much-loved tree in Windsor to death.
The council said it will give £1,000 to the person that helps bring about a successful prosecution of the offender who has wrecked the Whitebeam.
The tree near the skatepark in Vansittart Recreation Ground in Vansittart Road was destroyed on Monday.
Borough tree experts say the bark was sliced away and have advised that the historic Whitebeam has no hope of survival.
They say that the cost of replacing a tree of this maturity would be in the region of £8,000 and it has to be removed.
Cllr Dee Quick (Con, Clewer East) cabinet member for leisure and libraries, said she was 'outraged by the mindless attack'.
She said: "It defies belief that anyone could just hack a tree almost literally to death.
"There has been so much damage to the bark that the tree will die and the council has no option but to have it removed.
"It is little wonder that local residents are outraged and we thank those who have contacted the council about this."
Cllr Quick added the Royal Borough was so 'concerned' about the incident and hope the reward will lead to an arrest and conviction of the vandal or vandals.
She added: "We will not tolerate this kind of wanton destruction and want to help the police find the culprit."
Police have been informed and are investigating.
Call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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