It is important to read the whole of a news story because then you get to the bit where it says;
'The lottery money to the Chilterns Woodlands Project was for a four-and-a-half year project to collect data and carry out research on special trees in the area'
Or, putting it another way 'Please ignore the nonsense we wrote at the start'.
Equally, if you read the FE's link you'll see that there was a community event in the park on Saturday aimed at getting local residents to take it back from the real or imaginary threats that it holds.
Decorating the trees was part of that event not the purpose of it.
"Decorating the trees was part of that event not the purpose of it"
I note that the piece says 'Many of the decorations were strung up as part of a community event' So not all of them, then.
"Leicestershire Police hope the "guerilla knitting" or "yarn bombing" will encourage more people to use Bede Park and Great Central Way."
I wonder how many residents agree. As one of them said: "I don't understand why wool would change people's perception on crime and stuff like that. I don't understand why woollen balls are going to fix something."