It wasn't as devastating as the 1987 storm but the high winds on October 28 caused plenty of tree damage in the park.
The overnight checks of the park didn't indicate too much debris on the roads but as dawn broke and additional gusts of wind hit the park it became apparent that limbs were still dropping from trees. With over 100,000 trees in the park it was unsafe for public access until the gusts had died down and an assessment of the damage could be made.
Fortunately the winds did not continue into the day and the park was assessed and opened by11.00 a.m.
Around 100 trees have suffered some damage, half of these being quite serious. An additional 20 or so trees have been lost but thankfully only one veteran oak has been identified with catastrophic damage. There is virtually no damage to buildings or fences although two trees did block the Tamsin Trail. The storm reminds us that mild wet winters allow the trees to retain their leaves for longer and increase the 'sail area'. Combined with wet soils and high winds there is an increased risk of problems.