Prize east London park reopens after St Jude's Storm closure

Ilford's biggest park is due to re-open tomorrow (15 November) after being closed for more than two weeks after the St Jude's Day storm.

It was one of several parks that were closed by Redbridge Council in east London after the storm on 28 October.

Arborists found that more than 2,500 trees needed safety inspections in Valentines Park.

Across the borough more than 100 trees were reported felled by the storm, some causing road blockages and damage to cars and structures.

Redbridge Recreation Ground remains closed.

Valentines Park was voted last year into the UK’s top ten parks by Keep Britain Tidy for being a "landmark of beauty, history and ecology."

Residents and a local councillor complained to the council about the continued closure of the park.

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