Thieves stole freshly planted evergreen trees at Edgewood Park in New Haven that volunteers just put in.
Stephanie FitzGerald, of Friends of Edgewood Park, said someone stole three evergreen trees that were planted near the bikeway poles and walking trail, near Edgewood and West parks.
A fourth tree that was planted a little further off the road is still there.
"A friend in her driveway had these evergreens and was like I really need to plant them somewhere. So my husband, who is a great guerrilla gardener, said lets plant them here,” FitzGerald said.
But now all that’s left are three empty mulch piles marked by a hole in the ground, and twigs with bright orange tape to let volunteers know where to water and to give park crews a heads up when cutting.
"I don't think anything was higher than about 3 or 4 feet, but they were very pretty evergreens,” FitzGerald said.
What’s really frustrating, the group says, it's almost as if as soon as the trees were planted, someone snatched them....as for who would steal them...Stephanie has her thoughts.
"I think they planted last Tuesday and by Wednesday night or Thursday, people noticed they were gone,” FitzGerald said. “I think some people really want to give a gift to a friend, maybe it's a landscape company that is a little on the gray side and figured they could sell them, I don't know."
She said over the years, the Friends of Edgewood Park have planted more than 100 trees throughout the park.
She said typically their biggest issue is the trash and getting people to clean up after themselves.
As for the stolen trees, she said it’s not something that is going to stop her from fixing up the urban oasis that is near and dear to her, and so many others.
“We've been working for years and for the most part people really respect it, say you're doing a great job,” FitzGerald said.
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