Over the Easter Holidays the Uckfield Millennium Green suffered another attack on its picnic area less than twelve months after a previous attack destroyed one of its picnic tables.
This time, because the table was more firmly bolted down, the vandals came equipped with a can of inflammable liquid to burn away the fixings and set the whole table alight!
And, just to help things along, they then destroyed a small bench that was also bolted to the ground to add to the fire!
Not content with the damage inflicted on their first visit, they then returned on Monday to pile up the broken woodwork to start a new fire to complete the destruction. Luckily a member of the public saw the two youngsters in action and called the Fire Brigade to extinguish the flames.
Unfortunately, the damage is pretty extensive and rebuilding looks an unlikely option.
Chairman of the Millennium Green Trust, Mick Harker says ‘The picnic area is used by many families who love to sit at the tables and enjoy the tranquillity offered by the secluded dog free area.
We were lucky that a generous sponsor stepped forward last time and donated this Picnic Table; I’m not sure we can ask them again.
‘We have suffered from a spate of vandalism over the last couple of years with the wall and paving stones around our Millennium Feature under constant attack. We would ask members of the Public to keep their eyes open for such acts of anti-social behaviour and inform the Police if they see something being attacked.
The incident has been reported to the Police.
The Trust is not part of the Town Council and has no guaranteed income. It relies on donations, fundraising and membership fees from its ‘Friends of the Green’ organisation to fund its activities
Visit www.uckfieldmillenniumgreen.co.uk for more information about the Uckfield Millennium Green.