If any person:
(1. Cut down, pull up, girdle or otherwise injure or destroy any tree growing in the grounds of the Capitol, or in any public square or grounds, without the consent of the Governor, or of the circuit court of the county or city in which such grounds or square is situated; or
he shall be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor.
Code 1950, § 18.1-180; 1960, c. 358; 1975, cc. 14, 15.