SEVERAL young trees have been ripped up from their roots or snapped in half after a "disappointing" act of vandalism at the weekend.
Tamworth Regional Council (TRC) planted the row of trees on Belmore Street back in 2016.
TRC said it is believed a group of people vandalised about seven of the trees, planted outside the Scully Park pool complex, in the early hours of Sunday morning.
TRC parks and recreation manager Paul Kelly said damaging the plants was a "mindless" act.
"It is disappointing to see such acts when we look to be coming out of a drought that has devastated many of our street trees," he said.
"Council has been actively working with the community to make our region a more green and pleasant place to live. Acts like this undo all of the hard work of staff and community members."
TRC and Wests Leagues Club received reports of the vandalism on Sunday.
Wests Entertainment Group CEO Rod Laing said he went to investigate, and saw a sorry sight.
"The trees were snapped and one or two of the little trees were pulled out of the ground and there was a bit of smashed glass ... around where the trees had been broken," he told the Leader.
"Whether they were under the influence, or whatever problem it is that they have with trees, it's just senseless to do that.
"I see regularly damage to trees on the footpaths here in South Tamworth and West Tamworth ... it's really disappointing."
Mr Laing said there was a football game played at Scully on Saturday, but the smashed glass and timing of the vandalism meant the two events were probably not linked.
He said the club was in the process of looking over CCTV footage, and would hand it over to police if anything could be picked up.