The offender(s) used an electric chain saw to avoid that the noise would give them away. They made deep cuts into dozens of old trees, about two years after a first similar attack.
While many trees could be saved by volunteers the first time, 60 to 70 are now in such a bad way that they have to be taken down completely for safety reasons. "This is a big blow," says Kris of the environmental organisation Natuurpunt. "Volunteers worked so hard to save the trees after the first attack, and now this."
Pieter, a visitor who happened to pass by, told the VRT that "volunteers are doing a great job to make this a nice place to have a walk or have a drink... and now their effort has been wiped out by others."
The offender(s) are still on the run.
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