YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown police are investigating after someone cut down a couple dozen fruit trees in a south side community garden.
Members of the Inner City Garden on Hillman Street woke Monday morning to the damage. Twenty-nine cherry, peach and apple trees were cut in half.
Volunteers just planted the trees in April. The garden helps to feed needy residents in the neighborhood.
Volunteers with the Inner City Garden said it’s sad someone would vandalize the fruits of their labor.
“It’s sad that someone would go to these lengths to ruin something that was put in entirely by volunteers. The money was made by us with a spaghetti dinner. It’s just sad, but it won’t discourage us,” volunteer Jeff Kapics said.
Phillip Leyman with the Grovewood Manor Growers Club said the garden is important to his group, which is full of special needs individuals.
“My wife told me this morning when I got out of bed. And it kind of flipped my mind. I didn’t really appreciate what they done,” Leyman said.
Arborists began trying to repair some of the trees by bandaging them up. The group plans to install some fencing and cameras.
They are looking for donations to replace the damaged trees, which can be made at any Huntington Bank branch.