Trees vandalized at Vancouver’s Spanish Banks; Park Board seeks public’s help

EIGHT trees at Vancouver’s Spanish Banks have been intentionally vandalized, their tops sawed off and limbs removed. The trees are part of a grove of conifers at the foot of Tolmie Street.

Park Board staff made the discovery late Thursday and are now working with Vancouver Police to investigate. Damaging trees intentionally is a criminal offense and the Park Board intends to seek stiff penalties for whomever is found responsible.

“Trees are for the enjoyment of everyone and we are dismayed by this thoughtless, intentional damage to our Urban Forest,” said Park Board Chair Stuart Mackinnon. “We ask that anyone with information on the incident to please come forward.”

The sandy soil at Spanish Banks provides difficult growing conditions for trees. This particular grove provides welcome habitat for local birds, shade for beach goers and also acts as protection from sand whipped up by winds along the beach.

Anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area of Tolmie Street and North West Marine Drive over the past two weeks is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.