24th Aug, 2017

Damage caused by 'stupid' vandals in Redditch park limited thanks to quick-acting residents

Imogen Buller 16th Feb, 2017

REDDITCH residents who acted quickly after ‘stupid’ vandals struck Morton Stanley Park have been thanked for their diligence.

Grass and footpaths were badly damaged and dirtied on Saturday (February 11) by vandals who broke down traffic bollards before driving vehicles all over the park.

Concerned customers contacted the council the next day, which meant the bollards could be swiftly replaced and further damage limited – and the borough council staff have thanked the quick response of Redditch park users.

Coun Pat Witherspoon, Redditch Borough Council’s portolio holder for leisure and tourism, said: “On behalf of our parks team I’d like to thank the park users that let us know so quickly over the weekend so we could re-secure the park.

“The grass is rutted and it looks a mess but we can help the ground recover once it dries out a bit as the weather improves.

“Unfortunately this is the kind of stupid behaviour we face from time to time.”

As well as football pitches and play areas, the 95 acres of Morton Stanley Park off Green Lane offer woodland walks and natural habitats like ponds, remnant orchards and managed wildflower meadows amidst the beautiful Worcestershire landscape.

The park also plays host to the Morton Stanley Festival in August – one of the largest free music and arts events in the region.

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