The teenagers who burned the ash poles in the western corner of Village Green have taken to snapping off trees.
The fire place in the clearing is getting bigger and to fuel their fires, the group has cleared the ground around it of dead wood; they have broken and cut branches from the trees and, on Tuesday, were seen snapping off a young oak tree. Nearby, another young tree had been pulled over in what looked like an attempt to uproot it.
 The ground has been cleared to feed the fire;  trees have been ring barked;  the knife has left clear marks where the bark has been cut off.
A closer look around the clearing yesterday revealed a lot more damage to the trees; the bark has been stripped from many by somebody with a knife or a chisel and several have been ring barked, something which will always kill the tree.
This is criminal damage, the police have been informed and have said that they will begin regular patrols in this area. PCSO Mat Till has said that any information, names or photographs that we can send him will all be useful. His email address is Matthew.Till@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk; our contact details are on the main menu bar.
If anybody knows or even suspects who is doing this, please help us make it stop. There seems to have been a disturbing escalation to the level of damage done and a worrying obsession about attacking trees with knives. People who have seen the group have called them very intimidating.
That corner of Village Green has always been a place where children play and build dens. The park should be a place of safety and tranquillity in these difficult times; nobody should be frightened to walk in the woods.
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