A report by David Rickwood, Woodland Trust site manager
The storms and poor weather this winter have been relentless and over the past few weeks the weather seemed to be calming down… at last!!! As a team we are all fairly exhausted by this winter, but it would seem nature had at least one more surprise for us…
Overnight yet another storm hit Fingle Woods, according to the Met Office there have been 10 named storms so far this winter. This latest blow does not seem to have been given a name by the Met Office but the next name on the approved list is “Katie” . Well despite having no name “Katie” has arguably been more damaging than any other storm the woods have faced this winter. The wind direction was highly variable in the strong gusts, which were predominantly from the north, rather than the south west and this is perhaps why the winds have proved so damaging this time.
This huge root plate is nearly 20ft tall, and is right next to a track, please take care in the woods over the next few days whilst we begin tidying up and making the site safe again, after the 11th storm this winter.