Nature trail follows trail of destruction at Watermead Country Park, south of Melton

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A Leicestershire beauty spot, which was the recent target of a vandalism attack, is being spruced up...thanks to community fund-raising.

Local outcry over an attack at Watermead Country Park in April prompted residents and businesses to raise more than £4,500 to help repair the damage to fences, benches and trees.

Five months on, Leicestershire County Council’s park rangers have repaired the damage and they are now making sure the donations go even further by developing a new wildlife area.

Blake Pain, cabinet member for country parks, said: “Once again, I would like to thank the local community who rallied round behind our rangers.

“The fund-raising effort means we’ve not only been able to restore the area to its former beauty, but we can now start work on enhancing the park’s offer.

“These are some really exciting plans that I hope the community will agree are very fitting for the area.”

Donations of furniture and planting also reduced the bill so the remaining money will now be used to enhance the area for visitors.

Plans for the new area include the carving of animal sculptures reflecting local wildlife, a nature trail and picnic area and the planting of maple trees.

The area is due to be completed in Spring 2016, when the council will formally thank the local community with a launch event.