Forest Storms – A message from the Forestry Commission

The recent storms, particularly St. Jude, have left their mark on the New Forest, but the impact was fortunately not as severe as had been feared and far less than that of the 1987 storm. A more detailed view of localised damage has now become clearer. After the storm, Forestry Commission staff were out immediately checking main access routes, car parks and visitor trails. We were lucky that the winds died down fairly quickly, so that it was soon safe enough for staff to get out. The most urgent jobs were prioritised and dealt with first – those blocking access to properties or roads, and any trees that had damaged stock-proof fencing. Our own forest craftsmen dealt with the majority of incidents, with some specialist tree surgery work covered by contractors.

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