Parkgoers have expressed their fury after a row of cherry trees were torn down by vandals.

Six of the trees in the Cherry Tree Avenue in Preston Park, Brighton, were snapped in half on Saturday night.

Kerry Pickett, chairwoman of the Friends of Preston Park group and Green councillor for Preston Park ward, told The Argus: "We kind of knew this was going to happen but it is not going to stop us.

"We bought extra trees a while back so we are hoping we have enough.

"It is upsetting as the park was looking really good, but we are defiant and we will be replanting new trees and will try to see how we can protect them further.

The Argus: One of the broken treesOne of the broken trees (Image: Friends of Preston Park)

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"We will overcome this.

"Unfortunately, the people who do these sorts of things don't realise the park belongs to them too.

"We have entered our rose garden into a small parks competition and were thinking we don't have to worry about the cherry trees as much but sadly we were wrong."

Trees in the same place in the same park were targeted in April 2022.

They were part of a collection of 60 trees, costing over £8,000 in total, that the Friends of Preston Park group had paid for through members' own fundraising.

The Argus: Six of the trees which line the path to the tennis courts have been brokenSix of the trees which line the path to the tennis courts have been broken (Image: Friends of Preston Park)

Cllr Pickett said: "We won't be able to replace them until the autumn as the summer is not a good time to plant trees. The ground will be too dry."

Writing on Facebook, Jane Baker said: "This is such a slap in the face for the volunteers and fundraisers who worked so hard to make this Cherry Tree Avenue possible."

Hamish McKenna-Coles, from Brighton, added: "This world we live in upsets me every day."

Tarah Coonan-Joyce said: "What is wrong with people? That makes me so angry. It is just mindless."

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "We are aware of a report of damage to trees in Preston Park.

"It is believed to have been caused at about 7pm on Saturday, June 7. Anyone with information can report it to Sussex Police online and quote serial 280 of 10/06."