A bench funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery has been covered in graffiti just one week after being installed in Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s St Nicholas Park Wildlife Garden in Newcastle.
This new bench replaces the previous one which was burnt down by vandals last August using an accelerant.
But the wildlife charity is undaunted, as having learnt from the incident we have installed the new bench specifically designed to be easily repaired. The bench is sporting 1 inch square solid steel legs made by Northumberland blacksmith Stephen Lunn, and 4 inch thick planks of wood, made from a tree which was felled on one of our reserves and can be sanded down dozens of times before the wood becomes thin. Even if the wooden planks are burnt they are easily replaced and the steel legs, which have a life expectancy of 200 years, will remain standing!
Derek Statton, Northumberland Wildlife Trust Volunteer said: “After the last bench burnt down we got our heads together and thought about how we could deal with incidents like this. All we will do is replace the panels - it takes more than a bit of vandalism to beat us.”