Vandalism at Stonebridge Wild River Reserve reached a peak this week when 22 blackthorn saplings were uprooted, the hazard tape around them trashed and the ground left littered with rubbish.
That happened on Saturday night. Then, early evening on Monday, the oak framed interpretive panel at the end of the boardwalk was ripped from its stand and destroyed.
The sides on the boardwalk are crucial for electric buggy users like Alf Johnson (pictured), who enjoys his visits to the end of the boardwalk, which gives him the freedom to get into a wild space for the first time in years.
The damage adds to other vandalism on the site, sides of the boardwalk having also been kicked off. These have now been replaced by Action River Kennet.
ARK trustee Martin Gibson told Marlborough News Online: “One cannot understand that someone could be so stupid that they can do this surrounded by such natural beauty”.
ARK is appealing to members of the local community to keep an eye out for anti-social behaviour in this, one of the loveliest spots in Marlborough.
The incidents need be reported to the police on the non-emergency police number 101.