Mature tree 'illegally cut down' as council appeal for help to find culprits

South Lanarkshire Council confirmed that an investigation is underway after a common lime tree was 'drastically' pruned.

Mature tree ‘illegally cut down’ in East Kilbride as council appeal for help tracing culprits Supplied

The public has been urged to help find criminals who “illegally” cut down a mature tree in East Kilbride.

South Lanarkshire Council has launched an investigation after a common lime tree was “drastically” pruned on council land between Sycamore Crescent and Juniper Avenue in the town.

The local authority has appealed for anyone with information on who “decided to take the law into their own hands and employ a tree surgeon to drastically prune a mature tree” to get in touch.

They say the loss of the tree has had an environmental and visual impact on the area, as well as there being a financial cost to replacing it.

Kevin Carr, the council’s head of Facilities, Waste and Grounds Services, said: “We are asking members of the public to help us with our investigation to find out who is responsible for the damage caused to a tree on council land.

“The tree is surrounded by houses so we hope that anyone who saw this illegal activity will come forward to help.

“Whoever did this may think they have done the right thing. However, this is a common lime tree which will regenerate quickly and come back with even more straggly growth.”

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