Council offering cash reward for poisoned trees details

A REWARD of up to $2000 is being offered by Clarence Valley Council in a bid to catch an offender who maliciously damaged a stand of trees at Townsend.

Townsend residents Ivy and Darryl Whitney noticed about 10 large gum trees at a reserve near their Townsend house were losing leaves and small branches last month.

Mrs Whitney said her husband checked the trees and was shocked to find holes drilled in each of the trees.

They suspected poison was injected into the drilled holes and reported the incident to the Clarence Valley Council.

While the council was still awaiting the results of tests to determine what chemical was used to harm the trees, a council spokesman told the Daily Examiner yesterday that due to the size of the trees and recent rain, signs were good that the trees would survive.

In a letter to residents, Environmental Services co-ordinator Rodney Wright said the council was monitoring the state of the trees to ensure there was no safety issue to surrounding properties and park users.

The reward is being offered for information that leads to a conviction of an offender for malicious damage to trees or vegetation.

If you can assist with any information, phone Clarence Valley Council's Open Spaces and Facilities section on 66430200.



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