Eskrigg Reserve manager Jim Rae broke the news on Monday, saying: “In the past week there have been two incidents of vandalism at Eskrigg Reserve.
“Firstly, someone broke the keyguard for the toilet. This means that the toilet can only be accessed at the moment if I am on site to unlock it. A new keyguard will be installed ASAP.
“Secondly, a bench seat dedicated to Dod Gass was trashed on Friday evening. My thoughts are with Dod’s wife, Karen, at this time. The seat will be repaired or replaced ASAP.”
He added: “There is no way of knowing who is responsible for these despicable acts, I just hope that the person or persons involved feel some measure of remorse.”
Dozens of people took to social media to express their feelings about the vandalism.
Sheila Rogers said: “I don’t understand mindless vandalism, particularly when people know how hard Jim and his helpers work to keep this place up and running.
“I hope they are caught and made to help out on the reserve to make up for their stupidity.”
Tracy Patterson said: “So sad, such disgusting behaviour and absolutely no need for this when people work so hard to make this place for all the community.”
Elaine McFall added” “I’ll never understand how anyone gets pleasure from such mindless vandalism. I hope they are caught and suitability punished.”
And Jo Edkins described it as ‘disgusting behaviour’, adding: “The reserve is such a fantastic place to walk and has been my go to place each week while on furlough to clear my head and start my day with wandering around the reserve, taking in the nature and environment and seeing it all change as the season progresses.”
Thanking everyone for their support, Jim added: “There have been many kind messages from the Lockerbie community regarding these incidents. Thanks to you all, your support is greatly appreciated.
“I hope the Eskrigg Reserve and Woodland Walks will continue to be a valued community resource for years to come.”