With the last edition of Pitstone Parish Post every home received the leaflet asking for your help to stop the vandalism on Pitstone Recreation Ground where numerous trees were having their bark deliberately stripped. Put quite simply bark stripping causes trees to die – water and nutrients can no longer be transported and the tree ‘starves’. Whilst the pace of stripping seems to have declined, we are sad to report that we are still seeing some instances of further stripping. We are also aware of vandalism to other trees in the parish, especially along the woodland walk which lies between Castlemead and Vicarage Road where some trees have had several whole branches removed, and to the trees in the open space between Marsworth Road & The Crescent. Some of the identified individuals have been between 10-16yrs and therefore may not be aware of the importance of the trees or the potential damage to their health, so if your children are out-and-about with their friends, please make sure that you explain to them so they can act appropriately. If you witness any damage please report the individual(s) to Thames Valley Police on Tel: 101.