Trees across Scotland hit by 100mph winds

Botanic gardens in Edinburgh, Dawyck in the Borders and Benmore in Argyll were hit by winds of up to 100mph last week.

National Tree Collections of Scotland (NTCS) project officer Tom Christian said: "Changing weather patterns are affecting collections across the north. It has become a real problem. Damage in Edinburgh is awful - tall cedars were ruined, some big firs and an evergreen oak came down and branches were ripped off other trees."

Around 40 trees were knocked horizontal with another 20 left tottering beyond saving. Around 400 glasshouse panes were shattered and tumbling trees crashed through walls. Wind lacerated polytunnels and reduced fencing to sticks.

Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh curator David Knott said: "This is the third storm to cause damage in 30 days. You could compare last week's storm to the one of 1987 in southern England."

Meanwhile, Cathedral Grove next to Dunkeld Cathedral in Perthshire lost many of its veteran trees in high winds before Christmas.

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