The Members of Nettleham Bowls Club have operated a weekly newspaper collection scheme around the village for fifteen years. Along with subscriptions, the recycling scheme generates enough cash to keep the fifty-strong club afloat and maintain its green next to Mulsanne Park.
Hopes of buying new maintenance equipment to ensure the green remains in pristine condition have now been scuppered.
Firefighters from the Lincoln North station were called at 10.26am to extinguish the flames and the cause has been identified it as an arson attack.
But the blaze did not just destroy the paper in the skip, valued at £400, but the cost of £780 to pay for the scorched paper to go to landfill.
The club's Vice-Chairman, Mr. John Rennison, is reported to have said the club needs the lost cash, which adds up to two-thirds of its annual income, for maintenance equipment for the greens.
"If it was not for the papers we could not survive. It means we cannot do anything this year.Chairman of the Mulsanne Park Users Committee, Cllr. Giles McNeill, said:
"A whole year's plans have gone out of the window."
"This is another in a stream of thoughtless attacks that have taken place at Mulsanne Park in recent years. The Parish Council have had to employ security staff for the site and we take these matters very seriously indeed.
"The Parish Council and the Bowls Club do not have any formal ties, but I hope they will consider approaching the council if they feel we offer any support through this difficult period, going forward."