The photos below show damage that can shorten the life of a healthy tree. The exposure of fibres increases the risk of disease or insect infestation, and is unsightly for other visitors. On several occasions, more than one example of tree damage has been witnessed on a single visit to the park. This is evidence of the severity of the problem - such a fantastic arboretum should be treated with care!
In order to curb the problem, parents must watch children when they are playing in trees, and reprimand them if they are seen putting force on branches or causing other damage.