Vandals attack sculptures in Harrogate's Valley Gardens

Vandals attack sculptures in Harrogate's Valley Gardens

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Jacob Webster at 6:09pm 9th July 2020.

The two wooden carvings form part of the 'New Zealand Garden'.

  • A senior councillor says he's 'really disappointed' with those who caused the damage
  • It's not clear if the sculptures will be easily repairable
  • The Kiwi and Maori art carvings were hacked at and snapped 

Two wooden sculptures at Harrogate’s Valley Gardens have been attacked by vandals.

The hacked-at and snapped remains of the hand-carved sculptures were today revealed by the borough council which is now facing a repair bill costing hundreds of pounds.

The council’s cabinet member for environment, waste reduction and recycling, Councillor Andrew Paraskos, said he was “really disappointed” with those who caused the damage.



Councillor Paraskos added:

“These were carved to complement the gardens and make them more attractive for residents and visitors alike”, he said.

“We will look into whether repairs can be made but as they are carved from tree trunks this is easier said than done.”

The sculptures of a Kiwi and Maori art are located at the beauty spot’s New Zealand Garden.


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