Police are investigating the vandalism of a decades-old ornamental street tree in the downtown Hillsborough area.
The approximately 25-foot-tall crepe myrtle, located on the west side of Churton Street between Tryon and King streets, is valued at $25,000 because of its size and age.
An unknown person sawed through the tree’s bark around the entire base of the trunk, drilled holes into the trunk and applied an herbicide. The vandalism, which appears intended to kill the tree, is thought to have taken place in one or more incidents over the past two weeks.
Trees growing in rights-of-way are town property and cannot be removed or pruned without explicit permission from the Hillsborough Tree Board.
For more information about Hillsborough street trees, contact Hillsborough Project Planner Stephanie Trueblood, staff support for the Hillsborough Tree Board, by email at http://nando.com/3zd or at 919-732-1270, ext. 74.