Buskey Cider’s apple trees destroyed in an act of vandalism

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Someone has been destroying apple trees at a popular cidery in Scott’s Addition in Richmond, Virginia.

Three cider trees planted along West Leigh Street, belonging to Buskey Cider were destroyed. The cidery has only been open four months.

“There’s alway a bad apple in every bunch,” Buskey Cider co-founder William Correll said.

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Correll said he was disappointed that someone would intentionally destroy the trees.

“The first tree, I assumed was an accident,” Correll said. “The next two, it was discouraging. We expect people to leave things alone and be respectful.”

One of the trees was bent almost entirely to the ground, creating a split up the base. According to Correll, that’s the only tree that might be salvageable.

The others were completely destroyed to the root.

“So, somebody obviously broke this off the ground and then twisted it off, which, if you’ve ever cut down a tree or a shrub, it’s not easy to do. It takes persistence,” Correll said.

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Correll says being located in an urban setting, some accidents are to be expected. However, he said that three trees being destroyed was more than he could have imagined.

Busky Cider is now looking into replacing the trees but says the community support has been amazing.

“You know, you walk out and it’s discouraging to lose some trees, but it’s not going to kill us,” Correll said. “The amount of people supporting us is exciting and shows why we’re in Richmond; why this community matters.”

Moving forward, Correll says they may install security cameras outside the cidery and look into putting up fencing around their trees.

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