More trees have been destroyed throughout downtown Agassiz, and District of Kent staff are hoping someone can help them find the culprit.
At least four trees have been snapped in half over the past six weeks, in various areas around town.
One was a golden black locust in Pioneer Park, which the District’s gardener Scott Hurst said was a replacement tree planted last fall.
Another two trees were destroyed on Vimy Road, which Hurst also planted last fall.
And the fourth was an ornamental plum on Morrow Road, across from the townhouse development that’s currently in construction.
That tree wasn’t just snapped in half, but had each branch pulled down first.
Hurst said the destruction won’t keep the District from planting more trees, and they are planning to replace the damaged ones in the fall.
“We are trying to keep our tree canopy growing,” he said. “Whatever’s destroyed, we’re replacing.”
Trees are best planted in the fall, he said, so they can gain good root growth through the winter..
This is not the first time vandals have killed trees within Agassiz. Last Remembrance Day, Hurst was disheartened by the destruction of several trees in Vimy Park. They were planted just in time to show off the new cenotaph for the ceremonies, but were destroyed the day before.
The District is asking that anyone with information about the vandalism will report it to the RCMP. They’re also hoping that people will keep an eye out for this sort of vandalism in the future.