Bungling council contractors have hacked down tree saplings that had been planted in an expensive volunteer scheme.
Conservation volunteers planted the saplings in Haydon Hill in February as part of a district sponsored and Bucks Community Foundation funded scheme to help those with learning difficulties.
But it had now emerged that the council’s contractors, John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance, accidently mowed down the saplings in April after not realising they were not included in a grass cutting programme.
A John O’Conner spokesman said: “John O’Conner are sorry to have cut down the newly planted area at Haydon Hill open space.
“We would like to apologise to all the volunteers who helped in February for our mistake and would also like to be part of the replanting scheme later this year to show our commitment to this local project.
“We will ensure that when this project is ready to replant the saplings, John O’Conner will help the volunteer group both with supplying new plants and replanting the area, ensuring the community event is successful.”
District council community spaces manager Gareth Bird said: “It is very unfortunate that the tree saplings at Haydon Hill were cut.
“Maps did not include the area at Haydon Hill where the tree saplings were planted, meaning this is an extremely unfortunate error by our contractor.”
Bucks Community Foundation director Richard Dickson said it had invested £4,000 in the scheme as a whole, which involved volunteer training, too.
He added: “It’s such a shame.
“I’m sure the people who took part in the activities the tree planting is what they will remember.
“They were going to be there for ever.”