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Thousands of trees felled by stormy weather

by Rose Crompton

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Tree damage in Glasgow

Thousands of trees have been lost in cities across the country as a result of last week’s storms.

With the worst of the weather now over, city councils have been able to assess the extent of the damage done to trees in parks, gardens and streets.

Edinburgh and Glasgow suffered the most severe losses. Edinburgh City Council has already dealt with more than 200 call-outs to storm-damaged trees and fallen branches and it’s expected that this number will rise to more than a thousand by the time the clear-up is complete.

Clearing and repairs are also continuing at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh where up to 60 trees were pulled down and the glass houses seriously damaged. “We don’t expect to be able to reopen the glass houses for another two weeks as we’re waiting for hundreds of panes of replacement glass to be delivered,” explained Sandra Donnelly, spokesperson for the RBGE.

In Glasgow, 540 trees toppled or lost major branches in the storms and city arboriculturists have been working around the clock to clear them. Over 100 trees were brought down in the city’s parks alone, with King’s Park the worst affected.

Tree damage in Glasgow

In the north of England, Liverpool’s Ness Botanic Gardens were forced to shut on Thursday due to health and safety fears while staff cleared up broken tree branches obstructing the walkways. Torrential rain also flooded allotments and gardens.

The destruction continued further south as more than 40 trees fell in Lincolnshire and in Kent, 170 calls were made to the council to move trees or branches that were blocking roads.

Although a large number of trees were lost, many councils felt the damage could have been much worse if trees had been in leaf, or if recent harsh winters hadn’t already killed off many of the weaker specimens.

If your garden or allotment was affected by the terrible weather last week then we’d like to hear from you. Leave a comment below, or tweet us @TheCityPlanter.

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