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Troubling trend as police investigate fire at Halifax Public Gardens

By Steve MacArthur Sep 19, 2022 | 3:36 PM

Kelly Mercer / CC

An investigation is underway after another incident targeting the Public Gardens in Halifax.

A fire damaged Horticultural Hall at the gardens late last week.

Now, police believe they have an arson case on their hands and the second vandalism case since July.

The hall dates back to 1847 and is now is home to Uncommon Grounds Cafe.

This comes after about 32 trees were damaged at the Public Gardens in late July.

A small hatchet or axe was used to strategically hack away bark, a technique called girdling that eventually results in the death of the tree.

A $50,000 reward has been offered for information in the vandalism investigation.

The gardens were designated a National Historic Site in 1984 and registered as a municipal heritage property in 1991.


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