On June 19, Coventry Peace Orchard was vandalised. An information board and fencing were set alight.
World War II Normandy Day veteran Dennis Davison founded the orchard as a legacy to the apple orchards he saw in Normandy in 1944 during the D-Day Campaign.
The orchard, which is used as a community space, has been targeted by vandals several times.
Dennis’ daughter Dr Heather Davidson said: “Our Dad and Pops created the orchard for everyone to enjoy. The community use [the orchard] for all types of things like planting and dog walking. It has become a place of sanctuary. You often go up there and see people just sitting and contemplating and taking time out. To find this has happened on Father’s Day is an insult to all fathers and grandfathers who do so much for our communities.”
Find out more about the orchard at https://www.peaceorchard.co.uk/
The orchard was opened in 2018 with support from Heritage Lottery Fund, National Lottery Fund, Cardinal Newman School, Normandy Day UK and People’s Postcode Lottery.