Nature reserves across London take a battering from extreme weather

Trees across London have been hard hit by the storms.

Trees across London have been hard hit by the storms.

First published in News
Last updated
News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

NATURE reserves across London have taken a battering from the extreme weather.

The London Wildlife Trust runs 40 across the capital, including New Cross Gate Cutting in Lewisham, and has had reports of more than 30 trees knocked over or shattered in its reserves.

Multiplying this across all of London’s woodlands, the Trust estimates thousands of trees will have been blown down or damaged.

The charity works to render damaged trees safe, unblock reserve footpaths and cordon off areas of potential danger.

Trust reserves manager Tom Hayward, said: "Every storm has the capability of wreaking destruction on trees and woodlands and those of 2013 certainly have made their mark.

"But from an ecological perspective the winds will be mostly beneficial by opening up parts of the woodland canopy encouraging woodland flora and other wildlife.

"Trees blown down will contribute to dead wood habitat providing additional food sources and breeding habitats for fungi, fauna and flora."

 

Comments (0)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree