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Vandalism is an illegal, anti-social activity that creates a negative impression of an area and contributes to people's fear of crime. Tree vandalism can occur in two main forms:

  • Opportunistic: snapping side branches, breaking off crowns, uprooting and pulling whole trees out of the ground.
  • Premeditated: Ring barking (knives & chisels), drilling, sawing off branches/crowns of young trees and poisoning roots.

Tree vandalism is a social problem, not a tree problem. Despite the fact that it is illegal to damage a public/protected tree, this often fails to perturb the opportunistic or "would be" vandal.

Report a Problem

If you witness or become aware that a council owned tree has been vandalised, please complete our online form to let us know.


Contact Details

  • Name Green Care
  • Address Directorate of the Urban Environment, Lister Road Depot, Lister Road, Dudley, west Midlands, DY2 8JW
  • Telephone 0300 555 2345