Police investigate after 30 trees vandalized at Halifax Public Gardens

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Bark was stripped off roughly 30 trees at the Halifax Public Garden. Municipal staff will monitor the health of the trees over the coming months to see how many will be able to survive. (Halifax Regional Municipality - image credit)
Bark was stripped off roughly 30 trees at the Halifax Public Garden. Municipal staff will monitor the health of the trees over the coming months to see how many will be able to survive. (Halifax Regional Municipality - image credit)

Police are investigating after bark was stripped off the trunks of roughly 30 trees throughout the Halifax Public Gardens.

In an email, a municipal official said it's possible the bark was stripped with an axe or a hatchet and the damage varies from tree to tree. Some of the damaged trees are 200 years old, according to a Halifax Regional Police statement released on Wednesday.

The gardens were closed on Tuesday and reopened on Wednesday.

Police say the damage was done sometime between the park closing on Monday night and reopening the next morning. A post from the garden's Twitter account said it appears someone broke into the park during that time.

Many of the trees affected, including some historic trees, were around Griffins Pond. Staff are working to save as many of the trees as possible, but some trees may need to be removed.

The municipality will be keeping an eye on the health of the affected trees over the coming months. The total cost of the damage isn't known.

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