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NEWS RELEASE No: 1547722 MAY 2012

Vandals target new play equipment at Cardinham Woods

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Having fun in the childrens play area

Regular visitors to the Forestry Commission’s Cardinham Woods near Bodmin will have seen the fantastic new play equipment which has recently been installed.  This has been part of a number of improvements that have been made to the site including extending the car park, to improve the offer to visitors.

However, only a few days after the play equipment was installed, vandals targeted the equipment and broke one of the new picnic tables.  Fortunately, they were spotted by the manager of Woods Cafe at Cardinham who called the police.  The person responsible has been given what is called a Restorative Justice Order and has to pay for the damage caused and write a letter of apology to the Forestry Commission. 

The Forestry Commission is now asking regular users of the site to be extra vigilant and report any anti-social behaviour such as this that they witness to our Ranger, Chris Mason. 

Chris says:

“Cardinham Woods is a beautiful spot and a lovely place for families to spend time relaxing in the great outdoors.  We have worked hard over recent months to improve the facilities available on site to improve the visitor experience.  We are extremely disappointed that this person felt the need to damage the new play area.  Unfortunately there is a small minority of people who cause damage such as this or behave in anti social ways in the woods.  We would urge our regular visitors to report any incidents such as this that they witness to us so that we can ensure the police get involved where necessary.”

“The new play equipment will be fixed and we hope people continue to enjoy it.”

If anyone witnesses any antisocial behaviour in Cardinham Woods they can call Chris on 07990 848722.

Note to Editors

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For further information, please contact Kirstie Smith, Forestry Commission Communications Manager on 01392 834249.