Images of Fineshade Wood
After the storm
On 23rd February 2017, northern England and Scotland was hit by a so-called "storm-bomb" - a rapidly deepening depression that sped across the country causing lots of damage. Fineshade was not at the centre of the storm but, even so, there was more damage to the wood than has occurred in recent years.
These pictures show some of the scenes in the wood taken during the days following the passage of "Storm Doris". Although this looks bad, the storm was probably beneficial to the biodiversity of the wood - see the Wildlife Diary to find out why.
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The Commission did the sensible thing and closed the carparks
Lots of small dead wood descended from the trees
The Forestry Commission closed the car parks, but this gate blew down
The vintage apple tree "Beauty of Kent" lost her branches
It only partially came down but ...
One of the large living trees that were uprooted
A big branch came off here
This tree was clearly dead but still standing before the storm. This is the next stage of its decay
A massive branch fell from this beech tree
Some of the tracks were blocked
Most damage like this occurred on the western edges of the wood