NOTE: This content is old - Published: Tuesday, Aug 12th, 2014.
Over the weekend the Gwersyllt area has been subject to several suspected arson attacks, and today members of the community rallied together to help clear up an area that was affected.
Several items were burnt over the weekend however the largest affected by fire was a 40 foot tree. This afternoon self-organised volunteers set about helping a local resident clear up the tree and garden which were left damaged by the fire.
We are told Sharon Ritchie suggested the idea initially alongside her husband Keith, who ended up on ladders this afternoon chopping the remnants of the tree down. Keith was helped by Andy Williams, Andy Zanellen and Dave Price.
Becky Griffiths told us: “After the negative news in Gwersyllt recently it was nice to see the community pull together to help a lady who’s tree had been set on fire.”
Over fifteen people turned out to help including local residents and neighbours.
Nina Ellis helped out by using her van to conduct skip runs, with other locals lending space in their green bins clear the rubbish.
Becky said: “It was great to see the community come together to help a neighbour in need.
“There is still lots to do but Wrexham Council have finally said they’d help by sending a van and a caretaker tomorrow which would be a big help.”
To give some scale to the size of the tree and job undertaken today this larger picture shows the destroyed tree in the garden:
Yesterday Arson Reduction Team requested help from people to identify and report those responsible for setting such fires – you can read that appeal here.