St Ives Town Council planted 12 young trees at Warners Park on Tuesday last week, but three were uprooted overnight. Several residents contacted the council and the trees were quickly replanted, but it is not yet known if their roots have been damaged beyond repair. Town clerk Alison Melnyczuk said the planting had completed the first year of the councils maintenance programme for Warners Park, and had cost of £900. We are grateful to the many members of the public who immediately reported the damage, enabling us to act quickly, she said. Its going to be a while before we know whether they have been replanted successfully. The matter was also reported to Cambridgeshire police. The saplings have been planted to replace some of the more mature trees due to be removed. The new trees are more suitable for a park setting because they are less likely to shed branches, making the park safer for users, and complete the first phase of the councils five-year plan. The programme will result in an increase in the number of trees in the park. Councillor Martin Collier, the Mayor of St Ives, condemned the vandalism, saying: Its pretty appalling. The town council is very keen to maintain and enhance Warners Park, and we have a programme of tree planting and works over a long timescale. Its hugely frustrating. Mrs Melnyczuk said: The council is striving to keep Warners Park as a beautiful, sustainable green oasis in the centre of town, and such mindless vandalism just spoils it for everyone. She said: I suppose all we are saying is give trees a chance.