"I'M really wild to think someone would do that."
Cohuna resident Trevor Wilson was heading off on his regular walk through Gilrule Park last month when he was horrified to discover the wanton destruction of five native saplings.
Mr Wilson planted the trees about three years ago to fill an empty space along the creek frontage at the end of Rosalind Street.
He watered them religiously and watched them grow, and said one had reached almost five metres tall and was on the verge of flowering.
"I was just flabbergasted when I saw them, I couldn't believe that someone would do that to such beautiful trees," Mr Wilson said.
The trees have been violently ripped and twisted, making Mr Wilson suspect that attack was carried out by an adult.
"I think it was a bit too much for kids, it seems more like adults with an agenda," he said.
"I don't know whether I've done something to upset someone."
Mr Wilson has cut away the splintered timber and hopes the trees will reshoot, otherwise he is determined to replant.
Cr Lorraine Learmonth said Gilrule Park had been extensively beautified in recent years, and continued to be improved thanks to the efforts of volunteers like Mr Wilson.
"There's been a lot of work done to improve the area, which makes this especially disappointing," she said.
"A lot of locals and tourists walk and run through the park, so this isn't a good look for the town.