Emergency removal of lighting-struck oak causes road closure

A Dorset A-road will be closed today (21 July) and tomorrow while the council's arboriculture team clear an oak split by a lightning strike from above a tunnel entrance.

Image: Dorset County Council
Image: Dorset County Council

The tree stands on northern slope of the Beaminster Tunnel, through which the A3066 passes, making its removal complex, and requiring a large crane to remove the tree in sections.

Dorset County Council arboricultural team leader Steve Maros said: "As the two halves of the tree move in the wind, the split is extending further down towards the base of trunk

"Eventually both halves will fall onto the top of the tunnel damaging its restraining mesh and the tunnel itself. We must remove the tree as soon as possible."

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