How did the storms affect your business?

"We had strong winds in Oxfordshire and one of the projects we were working on, involving the planting of semi-mature trees, had to be put on hold for two days.

"The wind was so bad that we couldn't actually plant the trees because they were blowing about all over the place, particularly the tallest ones, which are up to 9m.

"We had two four-person teams working on the planting so they ended up digging holes and working on preparation for when the planting could be done again.

"It has made it slightly tricky to finish the contract on time. We'll get it done, but the weather has put the pressure on."

Will Reed, principal consultant, Glendale Environmental

"We had a bit of damage, with probably 15 to 20 panes of glass broken in total and one or two sheets of polytunnels damaged.

"But overall it has been OK, considering we had 90mph (145km/h) strong winds.

"It could have been a lot worse because the winds went on over a couple of nights so we didn't fare too badly in the end. Production was not affected."

Bruce Harnett, managing director, Kernock Park Plants, Cornwall

"As a precaution we kept the garden closed on 10 March. We wanted to make sure that everyone was safe.

"Although we had no serious damage, we did have a few bits of branches blowing out of the trees.

"It's likely that because of the kind of weather that day not many people would have come anyway, so it didn't affect takings.

"We had to do a bit of raking up but within 24 hours we had it all cleared up. You can never rest on your laurels, though, and we feel fortunate and sorry for anyone who suffered more than us."

Colin Crosbie, superintendent of alpine plants, RHS Wisley

"We've only had minor problems really. From the point of view of allowing visitors in, we operate a 33mph (53km/h) cut off.

"We have been monitoring the wind carefully and thought we would have to close on the Monday but in the end the wind predictions died down a bit.

"We've had some minor damage. We operate a tree safety management storm inspection policy and we've lost a couple of low-value woodland trees across paths. The wet is causing problems saturating the ground."

Simon Toomer, curator, Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Gloucestershire.


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