$50,000 reward for information on Halifax Public Gardens tree vandal

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HALIFAX — A $50,000 reward has been established for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for vandalizing more than 30 historic trees at the Halifax Public Gardens.

In a joint statement from the Friends of the Public Gardens and the Public Gardens Foundation, the groups say the reward comes from $25,000 in donations to the community group and $25,000 from the chair of the foundation.

On July 27 a security guard at the Gardens discovered that strips of bark had been removed around the trunk of many trees, most of which are between 50 and 200 years old.

Cutting the bark around the tree in that way, which is called girdling, is often fatal to a tree.

The community group and foundation say the senseless vandalism has "galvanized" residents, who want to help police catch who is responsible for the damage.

The reward will be on offer until the end of 2022, and anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to contact the Halifax police or Crime Stoppers.

This story was first published by The Canadian Press on Sept. 9, 2022.

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