GOOD DEED: Richmond River County Council flood plain project manager Garry Owers with Alpine Nursery production manager Ben Habershon at the site where new trees are being planted in Lismore.
GOOD DEED: Richmond River County Council flood plain project manager Garry Owers with Alpine Nursery production manager Ben Habershon at the site where new trees are being planted in Lismore. Marc Stapelberg

Dear vandals, please cut weeds, not trees. Love Green Army

THE NIGHT before the Green Army was sent out to replant 25 vandalised trees at Wilsons riverbank, the culprits struck again.

The trees, near Norco in South Lismore, were hacked using saws - a premeditated attack.

On Monday night the senseless vandals struck again and had destroyed a sign which read:

"Please do not damage trees. These native trees stabilise the riverbank, provide native habitat for wildlife and fish, and improve water quality."

Richmond River County Council Floodplain Project Officer Garry Owers suggested the riverbank rebels divert their obvious interest in horticulture in a more constructive way.

"Perhaps they should join the Green Army," he said.

"If they were interested in pruning they could have a go at (cutting down) the coral trees or lantana."

Mr Owers thanked Alpine Nursery for donating the 25 two-metre-tall stabilising trees. The donation followed The Northern Star's report on the initial attack.

"Trees that big can go for thousands," he said.

Mr Owers expressed his fears there may be repeated attacks on the community plantings.

Extra security will be provided by Lismore council but anyone with any information should phone police.



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