The storm on the night of October 27th-28th caused widespread damage – but it could have been a lot worse. There were no uprooted trees [or we haven’t found any yet], but cracking trees and limbs falling brought down other trees and caused most of the damage.
A couple of paths to the right of the drive, just on entering the wood were blocked, but these were cleared by the volunteers on the following Friday and Sunday mornings.
The worst damage was to the coppicing / Big Tree Plant area, where two major limbs of the oak tree fell.
Always ready to meet a challenge, the Sunday morning volunteer work party tackled the problem and managed to liberate most of the new planting area and tidy up generally.
Apart from the sheer weight of even the smaller branches, the way that the broken ends of logs had penetrated the soil, to the depth of at least a foot is some cases, was really quite scary, thinking what would happen if anyone had been underneath at the time.
The area still looks a mess, but the piles of brash [the twigs, loose bits and smaller logs] will reduce in the next couple of months as the leaves rot. The remaining wood will be good habitat for invertebrates that are the bottom of the food chain in any wood. The increase in light in the area is already noticeable and this will benefit the remaining new planting and the coppicing.
It could all have been so much worse…..