Well I don’t want to turn this blog into a mouthpiece for the Royal Parks but I couldn’t wait to step into Bushy Park to experience the recent St Jude storm. Oh I know that sounds irresponsible and reckless but there’s a lot of tree-less space to stand in and watch the action unfold.
I lived by the sea for the first 22 years of my life and I loved to watch winter storms; there’s something awesome about watching extreme weather close up but far enough away to be pretty safe. So having got up early on Monday morning – or should I say been woken by the terrific noise of the wind – I snook off for a quick visit to the park. Of course I shouldn’t have been surprised to find it all locked up, given that unfortunate death from a falling bough last year in Kew Gardens. I could see some evidence of fallen branches from our wind-swept balcony but would this be the worst of the damage?
The gates were opened in the afternoon and I had another saunter over there. By this time of course the storm had swept by and it was really quite pleasant in the park. I found quite a bit of damage to the triangular fencings around the younger trees but some of the willows had some serious damage as the shots below will highlight. Awesome nature yes, but fearsome too: