Conservation volunteers are outraged after discovering that several mature trees have been unlawfully hacked down in an area of woodland that has been established as part of a community project.
Volunteers working at the site discovered that four alders at Beech Wood, near Boston, had been felled and removed, and two silver birches were also taken at Westgate Wood, just over a mile away.
Adrian Isaac, chairman of Boston Woods Trust, responsible for the upkeep of the woods, said: “The trees have been felled by chainsaw and removed without permission.
“We are asking if anyone was aware of a chainsaw in operation in Beech Wood recently and whether they saw a car or van in the car park that might have belonged to the person/people involved.
“We would be grateful for any information people can give us. You can telephone Richard Austin on 01205 368351 or myself on 01205 365949.”
The trees that have been taken were amongst the largest in the woods and would have been in excess of 30ft.
Adrian added: “We are working hard to grow the trees, putting in over 100 hours each week, and then someone comes along and destroys what we are trying to do by taking some of our biggest trees. It’s very frustrating.
“We have now asked all the nearby residents to keep an eye out for any unusual behaviour or to listen out for the sound of a chainsaw, and to make a note of vehicle numbers if they suspect someone may be acting unlawfully.”
Founded in 2001, The Boston Woods Trust was formed to provide the people of Boston with an amenity for recreational purposes, including walking, bird watching, cycling and horse riding.
That same year the trust planted Beech Wood, off Fenside Road, mainly with beech and hornbeam trees, plus field maple, hazel, hawthorn and other varieties. The comm-unity woodland project has been so successful that two five acre fields either side of the wood have now been purchased, with the field to the south of Beech Wood also planted with trees to create Pioneer Wood.
Pioneer Wood was acquired thanks to a £50,000 donation from Lincolnshire Co-operative and, in December, volunteers planted 5,500 new trees in the new woodland area. In total, the trust is responsible for around 110 acres of woodland and meadowland.