Vandals have damaged trees and fencing in an act of wanton destruction.
The saplings had been planted along the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road, now known as Combe Valley Way, last year.
But at some point over the last fortnight, vandals have trashed around 20 and 30 of the immature trees.
East Sussex County Council, which planted the trees as part of the Link Road scheme, is urging anyone with information about the crime to contact Sussex Police.
An East Sussex County Council spokesman said: “We have been made aware of some damage caused to saplings and adjacent fencing along the equestrian trail between Combe Haven Ford and Acton’s Farm.
“Around 20 to 30 saplings were affected and this has happened at some point over the past two weeks.
“Our contractor is arranging to replant or replace the saplings which have been uprooted.
“As far as we can tell the damage has been caused as a result of an act of vandalism and we’d urge anyone with any information about this to contact the police.”
Combe Valley Way opened to traffic in December 2015.
A greenway, offering cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders a safe path alongside the road, was opened in July this year.
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