The park surrounding Norway’s Royal Palace in Oslo was hit by more vandalism during the night, and the palace’s head gardener has reported it to the police. This time the vandals struck three cherry trees planted behind a relatively new statue of the late Crown Princess Märtha.
“Two trees were uprooted and one was broken off,” Tor Smaaland of the royal gardening staff told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). “We can’t understand why anyone would do something like this. These trees have been fatally damaged.”
Fully 18 trees in the park have been attacked so far this year, and Smaaland said he’s never seen such vandalism in a public park. “We don’t understand the motive,” he told NRK.
The trees that were damaged during the night are not far from the palace’s main entrance, where royal guards are posted around the clock. The park is not covered by surveillance cameras. The damage was discovered around 8am, and police will investigate.