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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Stormy weather
Stormy weather

The Commission did the sensible thing and closed the carparks

Twigs and branches
Twigs and branches

Lots of small dead wood descended from the trees

Fallen gatepost
Fallen gatepost

The Forestry Commission closed the car parks, but this gate blew down

Damage in the orchard
Damage in the orchard

The vintage apple tree "Beauty of Kent" lost her branches

Closed track
Closed track
Leaning tree
Leaning tree

It only partially came down but ...

Mature casualty
Mature casualty

One of the large living trees that were uprooted

Major pruning
Major pruning

A big branch came off here

Death of a tree
Death of a tree

This tree was clearly dead but still standing before the storm. This is the next stage of its decay

Near the tree house
Near the tree house

A massive branch fell from this beech tree

Storm damage
Storm damage

Some of the tracks were blocked

Uprooted
Uprooted

Most damage like this occurred on the western edges of the wood