Dozens of trees have been uprooted and a footpath ploughed over, to the disgust of Royston residents.
More than 100 yards of mature trees and shrubs along the side of Barnsley boundary walk was ripped up and left 'in a dangerous position' in a gully at the side of a field last week, according to local people.
They claim the trees block a path along the gully which once formed part of the old British railway line, which they say has been used by cyclists and dog walkers for years.
Bushes that ran alongside the Carlton and Royston boundary walk have also been uprooted and the land ploughed over, leaving the footpath 'unrecognisable,' say residents, who claim the trees have been bulldozed to the side, leaving them in an unsafe position.
A spokeswoman for Barnsley Council said the incident has been reported to the council's Rights of Way team who is investigating.
She added they are awaiting a decision on whether to take further action to remove the trees.