Jersey

Jersey snow causes costly tree damage

  • 15 March 2013
  • From the section Jersey
Tree falling on cars in Les Quennevais Park, St Brelade
Mr Horn said about 500 trees were damaged in the island

Gale force winds and snow caused "tens of thousands of pounds" worth of damage to trees in Jersey, according to the National Trust.

Staff from the trust have been to different sites around the island assessing damage left by the storm.

Fallen trees, broken branches and mudslides mean work to restore their protected sites could take more than six months.

Jon Horn, the trust's Land Manager, said the damage was heart breaking.

'Apocalyptic'

He said: "The combination of snow and wind is devastating to trees.

"We had trees overhanging footpaths, limbs hanging down and in some of our woods it is fairly apocalyptic.

"I think you could assume there are about 500 trees down across the island, there will be tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage caused."

Jersey's Met Department said the depth of snow measured at 09:00 GMT was 5.5 inches (14cm).

But a spokesman said drifts around the island were much deeper. Wind speeds also reached about 65mph on Monday.

Schools were closed for three days and flights cancelled at the airport from Monday to Thursday afternoon.

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