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Vandal attack on 100-year-old ivy bush in Cropton
2:01pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
AN IVY bush which has been growing for more than 100 years has been damaged by vandals.
A handsaw was used to cut large chunks from the ivy in Cropton between September 19 and 21.
The ivy was well established and crawling up the trunk of three large ash trees on a public bridlepath known as Low Lane which leads onto Cropton Bank.
PC Linda Coles, of Pickering Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Inquiries with local organisations responsible for this bridleway suggest that ivy is environmentally essential and would not have caused any damage to these trees.
“In fact, there are many environmental benefits provided by ivy, including late season pollen for bees and insects, late winter berries used as food by birds, nesting and roosting habitat for wildlife.
“It’s important that members of the public are aware that the ivy would not damage the trees and that environmental damage to the park would be considerable should this type of activity become widespread.”
Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should phone North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for PC Coles.
You can also email email@example.com quoting police reference number 12130164868.
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