Further appeal in connection with damage to trees in Leavesden Country Park

Tim Ashby04th July 2014

Police are making a further appeal as part of an investigation into criminal damage to trees in Leavesden Country Park following new information they have received.

A number of trees were removed after three people called at a house, which backs onto the park, on June 10th. They were paid to carry out the work, which they did, leaving the debris on site. These trees should not have been cut without the consent of the council and as such this incident is being investigated as criminal damage.

PC David Herring is investigating and said: “Following our initial investigations we have been able to establish that the company who may have carried out this work is actually called Crown Wood Tree Care.

“We are now also aware that another incident occurred elsewhere in Abbots Langley on June 10whereby workmen called at the house of a woman in her 80s. She asked for a quote to cut back a few branches. They subsequently started the work without giving her a chance to say no or to get another opinion. She felt pressed into paying their price, which was £650. No paperwork or receipts were given. We now know this work would have only cost up to £300.

“We believe these two incidents are linked. If you have any information about this company I would ask that you contact me. It is believed the men were wearing green polo shirts when the work was carried out in Leavesden Country Park.”

Further information:

The work carried out at the home of the elderly lady is of an “extremely poor and does not comply with any national occupation standards.  It has permanently damaged the tree due to incompetently made cuts and chainsaw damage to the bark.” These are the words of a local professional Tree Surgeon who assessed the tree recently.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Herring via the Herts Police non-emergency number 101 quoting crime reference number C2/14/1210. Alternatively call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.