A BUNGLING council has been blasted for letting up to 12,000 new trees die in the summer drought.
The saplings were planted in spring to help improve the local environment.
He said: “Thirteen thousand, five hundred trees have been planted which is wonderful.
"What is not great is the management in the first few months was non-existent.
“No water management or maintenance has meant 95 per cent died.
“This is such a waste of taxpayers’ money. Our managing director really needs to step up his game.”
In July the council said the tough jobs market meant it had struggled to employ a tree officer to check the health.
A spokesman said the summer was unprecedented and the tree loss “disappointing”.
He added: “We will be looking to replant where resources allow with a more robust care schedule in place.”