Ash tree hit again as vandals strike along Swansea promenade
TREE vandals along Swansea promenade have struck again, this time leaving a 45ft ash close to a memorial bench perilously close to toppling over.
The culprits or culprit sawed through the majority of the trunk overnight on Monday, putting the public in danger of being struck.
Swansea Council workers took the tree down yesterday after the damage was spotted by a dog walker.
Located opposite Llwynderw Drive, the tree was roughly in the same area as nine others that have also been cut down over the last couple of weeks, but it was significantly bigger.
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The foreshore area and Underhill Park in Mumbles have seen a similar spate of attacks over the past couple of years.
Thousands of walkers, joggers and cyclists make their away along the prom every week.
Council chiefs believe the culprits are using bow saws, machetes and hand axes. Mayals councillor Linda Tyler-Lloyd urged skate boarders and dog walkers who signed up to South Wales Police initiative Paws on Patrol to keep their eyes peeled.
"It is a beautiful part of the world.
"It's sad that people have to be so destructive," said Mrs Tyler-Lloyd.
"We are just baffled."
She said her family moved to the area in 1959 and that the tree-hacking scourge was a new phenomenon.
"Everybody has been so protective of this area and pleased to be living here," she said. "It's the gateway to Gower."
Word of Monday night's vandalism was spreading around the West Cross area yesterday.
"It's shocking," said Bleddyn Morris, the manager of Coffee Tree, on Alderwood Road.
A council spokesman said the tree vandals were putting people's lives at risk.
"The police have been informed and we'd urge anyone with information to contact them," he said.
"We'd also encourage anyone using the promenade to keep a lookout for people acting suspiciously in the area."
If you can help, phone the police on 101.