VANDALS have destroyed newly planted trees at a popular Pogmoor park.

Trees were attacked at Penny Pie Park, at the corner of Dodworth Road and Pogmoor Road.

The 25 trees were only planted last month by Barnsley Council using ‘section 106’ money given by the house builder Bellway.

Wendy Lowder, Barnsley Council’s acting executive director for communities, said: “It’s such a shame they think this behaviour is acceptable and that they can’t appreciate the efforts that everybody goes to, to provide the borough with nice parks for everyone to enjoy.

"The Friends of Penny Pie Park work hard to keep the park clean and tidy and plant new trees and flowers annually.

“The damage to the tree amounts to £120 which is a complete waste of money and we are unable to replace the tree now, because it’s not planting season until November."