The fence around the Lone Oak is gradually being pulled apart. It is happening late in the evening, usually on fine days, when there are only a few people around; a group of teenage boys, some on bikes, come to the park specifically to break things and at the moment this fence is their target. Seven or eight of the planks have been pulled away now and one of the uprights has been damaged.
The fence is there to protect park-users from the dangers of an ageing tree; the Lone Oak has dead and rotting branches and its trunk is hollow in its upper part. Last year it became quite a popular picnic spot and, after an extensive aerial survey of the tree, our Tree Officer decided it was too dangerous to let that continue. The alternative to the fence is either the amputation of the rotting limbs or felling the whole tree.
The Phantom Digger continues to sabotage our efforts to re-establish wetland ecology in the boggy patch in the middle of Lambrok Meadow. We have made a joke of this and it has attracted a lot of readers to the website but it is vandalism. Wetland is a very scarce wildlife habitat and we have worked hard on improving this small patch yet some, as yet unidentified, park user insists on trying to drain it.
Three weeks ago, we hammered half a dozen willow stakes into the western corner of the dog pond. Freshly cut willow, at this time of year, will root easily in wet ground; our intention was to establish overhanging vegetation on that side of the pond to encourage dragonflies to breed there. The stakes were pulled out and thrown into the pond out within twenty four hours.
Were are beginning to feel that all our efforts for the park are being undone, that we are being countered at our every turn and we don’t understand why. We work and walk around the park wearing high viz vests with our name emblazoned on the backs; we are always willing to answer questions. Now we would like a question answered; why this apparent attack on our plans and preparations for the park?