I live close to Jesse Lee Park and am a volunteer for the City of Surrey.
I take care of cleaning up the areas along the pathways in the forest and enter from the 20 Avenue side.
Over the past few years, my autistic grandson and I have been transplanting English oak trees that the squirrels have so kindly been planting in our backyard.
They and a half dozen other naturally growing trees have taken root along the paths and have been doing amazingly well. Some have grown to a height of 4½ meters.
Last week, as my wife went for our afternoon walk, we were horrified to see that six of these English oak saplings had been viciously destroyed. I say viciously because the manner in which they were destroyed would appear that whoever did it must have some ‘anger issues’.
Even some of the city-planted cedars had been snapped in half. One oak tree that refused to break was twisted serpentine-like and dragged under an adjacent log. I was able to pull it back out and it returned to its normal height.
I don’t understand how anyone could possibly do that kind of damage. If you read this, you need to get some help.
Al Toulmin, Surrey