Own goal by council over tree planting

The saplings at the Logie Durno pitch
The saplings at the Logie Durno pitch

A Garioch community has received an apology from Aberdeenshire Council after trees were planted on a local football pitch.

Villagers were left bemused when the saplings appeared at Logie Durno, near Inverurie.

They complained to the local authority over the bungle, insisting the pitch was used regularly by local youngsters.

Residents pointed out that they had not been consulted over the tree planting, with one describing it as “thoughtless”.

A council spokesperson said: “It would seem that we were barking up the wrong tree with plans for this site.

“The intention was to turn over part of the area for biodiversity as anecdotally it was rarely used. However it is clear now that the community were not engaged with this plan.

“As such we are going back to first principles with them so they can help us decide what this area should be used for.​

“There are full pitches immediately next to this area for community leisure use and the trees will remain on this site until we can come to an agreement with residents. We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.”

In a Facebook post, Logie Durno Village Hall and Community said: “Thank you to everyone for their support and interest in this matter.

“We extend an invitation to a representative from the council to join us for a to be arranged open meeting to discuss future plans and planting initiatives.”