The morning after the 1987 storm

“I remember waking up on the morning of Friday 16th October 1987, after a night of frightening winds, and hearing on the radio (battery operated – the electricity was cut off) that most of the trees in Queen’s Park had been blown down. Heading for the park to see the damage, we were shocked to see that around 80% of the trees were uprooted, leaving vast holes in the ground.

A scene of devastation
Apart from the loss of the trees themselves, they had, in falling, crushed railings, benches and, in the surrounding roads, cars. Such was the devastation, it looked as if the park would never recover but within a couple of years the damage had been put right and many new saplings planted. Now, fourteen years on, the park, despite a reduced number of large, mature trees is looking as good as ever.”

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