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Holly trees cut down in Chatham

19 December 2017

Vandals have cut down three holly trees in the centre of Chatham in the run up to Christmas.

The trees, which were all more than 50 years old, were felled in Town Hall Gardens in Whiffens Avenue, behind Medway Magistrates’ Court. The public gardens were first opened in the 19th century and were previously used as a cemetery for St Mary’s Church in Dock Road.

The first holly tree was felled on Friday, 1 December, and two others were found chopped down on Thursday, 14 December. It is believed they were cut down so thieves could strip them of berries and holly for the festive season.

Cllr Howard Doe, Portfolio Holder covering Greenspaces, said: “It is disgraceful that these cherished holly trees, which were in a conservation area, have been chopped down. We have reported the incidents to Kent Police and we will be keeping a close eye on the gardens.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Kent Police on 101 quoting XY/065837/17 and XY/065843/17.