Damage Limitation

 

Looking out of the window one day early last week I noticed something wasn’t right. Of all the storms that have come through here this winter, the one on Valentine’s Day seemed to be the worst. Certainly the wind was at its strongest. Allegedly over 60 mph.

We set off down to the river to see why the conifer had started to lean.

 
 

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More than one had tipped over, quite a domino effect.

The wind tearing through the bottom of the river valley has done further damage too.

 
 

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Both of these will have to come out. The one on the right has pulled its root ball out of the ground and is leaning on another across the other side of the river.

 
 

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While this tree will be a job left for the professionals, Mike wasn’t done yet. He reckoned he could do something with the conifers which were just tilting. I have to say I was sceptical in the extreme, they are such tall trees. But give him his due, he would not be put off.

 
 

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 Winch, ready for action..

Woman and birds retreated to a safe distance to watch.

 
 

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 The trees coming back upright

 
 

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And securely held in place.

Why doesn’t rope look like rope anymore? Why does it have to be blue?

 
 

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 Result!

Not even an earthquake has managed to shift it.