Councillor Hallam said “Our tree expert has been out to look at the trees and it would appear they have been deliberately poisoned.
“This is a terrible act of vandalism and it is awful to think that someone would purposely kill these trees. The trees will need to be removed and we will be assessing the best way to do this over the coming weeks. We urge anyone with information about the crime, or who may have seen something, to get in touch with either us or the police.”
One local resident, who did not wish to be named, said she was extremely saddened by the damage caused to the trees.
She said: “It is disgusting. I don’t get what pleasure someone can get from killing trees. It has upset a number of people who live near the park”.