Dedicated volunteers have been left heartbroken after vandals trashed a community wildlife garden in Castleford.
Thugs ripped up and set fire to a fence at Lock Lane Community Garden last week.
The garden, built by Lock Lane Residents’ Group, opened in 2011 and features a wildlife area, seating and various plants and flowers.
Rod Rayner, group treasurer, said: “It’s heartbreaking. It’s not about the cost of the damage - it’s more to do with the amount of effort we, as volunteers, have put in.
“It’s sickening to think that somebody could do this when we have put in so much effort to make the garden what it is.”
Mr Rayner said it looked like someone had also been camping out in the garden, which is just off William Street.
He also said the site was blighted with litter, empty cans of beer and drugs paraphernalia.
He added: “There are only five of us who run the garden and we’ve spent hours making it look nice for the good of the community.
“But whoever has been on site has just pulled all the plants and flowers up and made it look a real mess.Maintaining the garden is a never ending job as it is.
“We got £50,000 funding for it in March 2011 and we are always up there tending to it.
“The material cost of the damage is nothing but it is the sentimental value and the emotional impact the damage has had on us.”
Police are appealing for anyone with any information or who saw anyone acting suspicious around William Street to contact Castleford neighbourhood policing team on 101.
Alternatively call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.