WHAT was once a picturesque area of the Belmont Wetlands State Park has been stripped bare and left Landcare volunteers scratching their heads.
Two weeks ago, Landcare volunteers Michael and Patricia Noonan made their weekly trip to the park and found a devastating scene.
About 15, 20-feet (six-metre) tall trees, which were planted by volunteers four years ago, had been axed in an area known as the Greencorp Extension.
Mrs Noonan said the vandals had done something quite unusual.
"The tall, stripped tree trunks were positioned in the bare sand as if they were to be used as a frame for some sort of structure, with some trunks set over the top, and secured with clothes line plastic rope," she said.
"[They] had stacked large tyres one on top of the other, to give them sufficient height to work on this frame."