Storm-blown trees bring more death and disruption

Storm-blown tree - image: Stefan Magdalinski
Storm-blown tree - image: Stefan Magdalinski

Trees blown down by last Thursday's storm caused damage, disruption and loss of life for the second time in six weeks.

A man riding a mobility scooter was killed by a falling tree in a park in Retford, Nottinghamshire, while a man was hospitalised after being hit by a tree in Edinburgh's Meadows park.

Several drivers and passengers in Scotland were also injured when their cars were hit by falling trees, while a windblown tree also closed the M74 motorway in Lanarkshire.

First ScotRail also carried out what it called a "controlled shutdown" of its network due to lines being blocked by fallen trees and other obstructions.

In Moray, an ash tree listed by Forestry Commission Scotland as one of the 10 most significant trees in Scotland was blown over. It had a girth of nearly 8m at waist height and was thought to be around 270 years old.

The storm, which brought winds recorded at 142mph, was part of Cyclone Bodil which battered much of northwest Europe late last week.

The so-called St Jude's Day storm of 28 October this year caused four deaths in the UK from falling trees, and is thought to have destroyed or seriously damaged some 10 million trees in southern England.


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