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.”