RESIDENTS have reacted to the destruction of 10 large trees in their neighbourhood by rolling-up their sleeves in a show of community spirit and replanting the recently planted Jacarandas.
The trees were uprooted by vandals in Haddon Lane car park at Woonona.
A Wollongong City Council spokesperson said the 10 trees are valued at $3,000 and were planted by its Parks & Open Space team as part of an Urban Greening Strategy.
“While they’re valued at $300 each, their real worth isn’t measured in dollars,” a spokesperson said.
“Instead, as they grow, these trees will help cool, colour and shade this large asphalt surface.
“It was with a heavy heart the team responded to see what trees could be salvaged. What they found was a celebration of community spirit.
“A number of locals had already been out in force, grabbing their shovels and re-planting the trees! Thank you to these awesome people. We, and the trees, thank you.”
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