AN investigation has been launched following the theft of memorial tree saplings from a Leeds park.
A total of 10 saplings have been stolen from Golden Acre Park.
Some of them are from Leeds City Council’s Adopt a Tree Scheme, and were planted by grieving families in memory of lost loved ones.
Council chiefs say many people have been left devastated by the thefts.
A notice has gone up in the park. It reads: “It saddens me to inform you that a spate of tree and plant thefts has been occurring within the grounds of Golden Acre Park over recent weeks.
“To the person or persons responsible, it may play on your conscience to realise that many of these trees have either been adopted on behalf of loved ones (causing further unnecessary distress) or have been acquired by the generosity of our visitors via donations to the park fund.
“Such high losses are unsustainable and if continued will have a detrimental effect to any future developments.
“Please help Leeds City Council to protect Golden Acre’s continued development and your enjoyment of the park.
“If you see or have any information regarding these events please contact the police on 101 quoting crime reference: 13150185176 or contact the park on 0113 261-0374 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.”
A Leeds City Council spokesman said: “The theft of saplings from Golden Acre Park is particularly upsetting as some of these trees had been planted in memory of people’s loved ones.
“Clearly these will be replaced. The matter has been reported to the police and we’re investigating potential additional security measures. Park Watch will be deployed to provide more protection in light of the theft.”