‘Holly thieves’ blight Christmas for seasons to come

The holly bushes at Caldecotte Lake

The holly bushes at Caldecotte Lake

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HOLLY trees butchered so that sprigs can be sold commercially could take four or five years to recover.

The Parks Trust revealed on Tuesday that 50 bushes at Caldecotte Lake South had been completely stripped, pruned or topped by ‘holly thieves’ who are likely to sell them at Christmas markets around the country.

It is the second such incident to happen in Milton Keynes this month and will leave many birds and insects without a home or food during the winter.


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