Vandals attack Green Flag gardens in Tring

12-648  Green Flag award for Tring Memorial Garden for, from left, 'Robert Cassidy, Ashling Cronin, Graham Hawse, Nick Hollinghurst, Susan Roper and Gerry Smyth.
12-648 Green Flag award for Tring Memorial Garden for, from left, 'Robert Cassidy, Ashling Cronin, Graham Hawse, Nick Hollinghurst, Susan Roper and Gerry Smyth.
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A LANDMARK which has just won a coveted accolade has been targeted again by vandals.

The fountain at Tring Memorial Gardens was ripped out on Sunday, causing £1,500 of damage just three days after the news of a Green Flag Award was made public.

It is the first Green Flag for the town – Chipperfield Common and Berkhamsted’s Canal Fields already hold the award

Dacorum Borugh Council and Friends of Tring Memorial Gardens had put a lot of effort into making the area beautiful.

Volunteer Laura Savill said: “I was sickened and then saddened to see the vandalism that had happened to the fountain in the Memorial Gardens.

“To think that a small mindless minority, who have no respect for those who sacrifice their lives so that they can enjoy their freedom and ruin a place that Tring can be proud of, is beyond comprehension.

“However the Friends of the Memorial Gardens will not be defeated by this minority – they represent only a small percentage of the local population.

“We will continue to work so that the gardens remain a focal point of the area.”

Last November the Green Flag application made by Dacorum Borough Council was put at risk when vandals caused thousands of pounds worth of damage over a succession of weekends.

The council had just spent about £50,000 on the area but it was forced to close the gardens to the public for repair.

Councillor Julie Laws, who oversees environment and sustainability, said: “After all the hard work that has gone into the gardens, I am very disappointed by this.

“The work we’ve done there has made the garden a real part of the community and more and more people are visiting.

“It is a real shame to see it vandalised in this way, especially as we have now achieved a Green flag.”