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devastation in the woods after the winds...


By sandra


These are a set of pics taken by my daughter and OH whilst on an adventure to Stackpole woods in Pembrokeshire. The winds were the strongest anyone can remember and while all our eyes were on the sea and the water rising the poor woods were taking a battering…

with so many trees down the woods are closed to public will take months before some of the trails are open again

I am amazed how much root this tree has….it only seems about 10 inches across…

strange fungi have started to enjoy the new look of the woods…

and teams of people have working flat out trying to reopen the woods.

not all the woods were affected though and many trees still stand

here at Corseside luckily we escaped pretty much unscathed….with only a few slates off the roof and a couple of small trees over.
how these guys are still standing i will never know…

thanks for reading..:-)

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hi is sad to see so much damage to trees i suppose with all the wet the roots could not hold on because the pines/firs are very shallow rooted as seen in photos trees by us here were mostly just broken off and not uprooted ,oak ash etc

16 Mar, 2014


Always so sad to see the demise of lovely trees,Sandra..but it will give any new saplings and ground floor plants more light,to renew that lovely area...just natures way of bringing new life,but a shame they had to end their days like this...Glad you didn't suffer the loss of yours..The winds have been very strong here too,but your area seems to have come off much worse..

16 Mar, 2014


I am amazed how shallow rooted they were Snoop. There must be damage like this all around the country
Bloomer....the rain and the wind certainly left its mark. but as you say its natures way and there is no stopping her...

16 Mar, 2014


Such a shame to see the woods like this. It happened in surrey in 1987 hurricane, our woods were ruined, but they came back from it, with different trees and flowers taking root and growing, sadly our lovely pines all but disappeared.

16 Mar, 2014


Oh what a sad sight. There's something almost majestic about trees, so when they fall, whether naturally or through man it always makes me feel melancholy. Let's hope the woods recover quickly.

16 Mar, 2014


I couldn't bring myself to 'like' this blog but I do thank you for the photos, I read somewhere that the tree loss is equal to '87.
Dreadful isn't it.......

16 Mar, 2014


That's very dramatic Sandra. We lost a large conifer in the chapel grounds and I was amazed like you at how small the roots were. It makes you wonder how they manage to stand up at all! What a mercy your gardens survived without much damage, as did ours. That's a lovely sunset, and what lovely little toadstools - not easy to spot as they are so small - one of my favourites. We had a few in the garden one year but they don't seem to have stayed.

16 Mar, 2014


its always sad when a tree falls...but i am sure nature will take advantage of the gaps left and new trees will appear to replace them...the woodland is managed by the NT and I am sure they will give a helping hand...x

17 Mar, 2014


That's heartbreaking. Glad Coreside is ok. Did I see a Monkey Puzzle tree? I love those trees! Would have one if I could. Too cold here though.

17 Mar, 2014


thanks Lori..we were very lucky indeed....yes its a monkey puzzle...we bought it years ago as a seedling. it just seemed to laugh at the wind....:-)

18 Mar, 2014


Will you participate in a "reforestation" effort? You could start seedlings!

22 Mar, 2014


i do have loads of seedlings from seed collected in the woods. my mother used to enjoy germinating them. she has left us a legacy of around 200 trees to plant out and we are over half way. unfortunately none were scientifically collected so the national trust probably wouldn't want them...recently they have been cutting out non native trees form the woods and clearing the the rhododendrons that have rampaged through since victorian times. it makes me wonder... yes we had record winds...93.5mph....but how much less damaged would there be if the woods had been if left as they were?

22 Mar, 2014


I see your point, Sandra. I think you are right about that. Our forests here in eastern Ontario are a mess of deadfalls and scrub brush in some places...but that's how the forest evolves and it is tempting to want to "clean up". If you have the time and the interest you might google "forest primeval" ...there is a forest on the border between Poland and Russia which has been undisturbed for the past 500 years! an amazing place.
The conifers are shallow rooting trees, naturally. Perhaps the natural mix would be better rooted because of competition. Lord, save us from experts.

23 Mar, 2014


I think nature knows best and as trees and shrubs have migrated on the wind tide and with the migrating birds, who is to say whats native and natural to the area. although it will be good when the paths through the woods are cleared and we can walk the dogs there again.

24 Mar, 2014

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