Disappointment at Monikie Country Park

05 Jul 2022 | News Story

ANGUSalive have confirmed that the bird hide and part of the wooden playpark structure at Monikie Country Park has been completely destroyed in a wilful fire-raising incident which took place in the early hours of Monday 4 July 2022. 

Colin Knight, Senior Manager for Sport & Leisure at ANGUSalive said: “This was a horrific and reckless act and Fire Services, who were on-site around 3.45am and quickly brought the fire under control, have confirmed that it was started deliberately. Thankfully and luckily no one was injured and no harm was caused to wildlife. However, the fire could have escalated and impacted a larger area with what could have been devastating consequences for the public, park and wildlife.

“We’d like to appeal to anyone who may know who was responsible for this mindless incident to contact 101 and share what they know. I’d also like to ask for the community to help us protect our country parks across Angus by reporting any suspicious behaviour they see in outdoor spaces, as they are a place for everyone to enjoy and are home to many plant species, wildlife and activities which no-one wants to lose.  

“We don’t know the total value of the damage but it will be in thousands of pounds. We are really disappointed this has happened, it has destroyed spaces enjoyed by many and is a significant loss to the park. We’ll be reviewing costs and considering replacement plans in due course.”

 

The charred remains of Monikie Country Park's bird hide.

The charred remains of Monikie Country Park's bird hide.

Remains of burnt out area in childrens play park at Monikie

Remains of burnt out area in childrens play park at Monikie