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Spalding nature reserve volunteers have rallied after vandals have struck again

Volunteers have rallied for the second time in as many weeks to repair the damage created by mindless vandals.

Teenagers on bikes were seen riding through Vernatts Nature Reserve in Spalding on Sunday at around the same time as the recently installed wicker fence wasdamaged.

Bird and bug boxes were also ripped from the trees in scenes similar to the damage inflicted on the reserve two weeks ago.

Volunteers had repaired the wicker fence at Vernatts Nature Reserve (44356726)
Volunteers had repaired the wicker fence at Vernatts Nature Reserve (44356726)

But resilient volunteers are refusing to let the vandals win and within hours rallied to repair the latest damage.

One of the volunteers who care for the reserve is Pete Boekestyn, who is again appealing for vandals to respect the reserve.

He said: “The wicker fence took four of us to build. It took 12 man and woman hours to build that fence and seven days later it looks like they have driven bikes through it.

Damage at Vernatts Nature Reserve in Spalding (44356724)
Damage at Vernatts Nature Reserve in Spalding (44356724)

“Our volunteers are amazing. They are gold medal standard and are people who love the reserve.

“We don’t want people walking through the reserve and looking at smashed bird boxes and a broken wicker fence. The place is beautiful that is why we get on and get things fixed as quickly as possible.

“The vandals strike again but we won’t be deterred.”

In the latest attack the vandals not only damaged the wicker fence but also ripped a bug box and a number of bird boxes from the trees.

Two weeks ago thugs had also ripped bird and bug boxes from the trees and threw them onto a frozen pond. They were later recovered and repaired by volunteers.

The bug boxes have been created by an 82-year-old Chris Gannon to help youngsters learn about nature while visiting the reserve.

The Spalding Guardian had approached the police about the repeated damage in the reserve but did not get a response.

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