Vandals have ripped up an Aberdeen community orchard just 24 hours after it was planted.
Eight new fruit trees were planted at Westburn Park in Aberdeen as part of a project by the Friends of Victoria and Westburn Park.
Youngsters from Skene Square Primary School helped plant the apple, plum and pear trees.
But on Friday night “mindless” vandals wrecked the mature trees.
Peter Stephen, chairman of the Friends group, said: “When we found out the news I was shocked. There just seems to be no reason for it – it’s completely mindless.”
The orchard project was supported by a £300 donation from the Aberdeen Rotary Club, which also supports crocus bulb planting in the park for polio charities.
Rosemount and Midstocket councillor Bill Cormie said: “I really feel for the teachers and children that their orchard has been mindlessly attacked like this. It is sad and pathetic that anyone would do this.”
Police are investigating the incident.