Road closed for 'urgent' felling at Cumbria's Whinlatter Pass

Tree at Whinlatter Image copyright Forestry Commission
Image caption This tree was scorched by lightning

A road has been closed while "urgent" tree felling is carried out following recent storms in Cumbria.

The B5292 from Braithwaite to Whinlatter will be shut until 2 February, having closed on Monday.

A spokesman for Whinlatter Forest Centre said the narrow nature of the road meant it had to be closed to ensure public safety.

The visitor centre and all facilities will remain open during the works, with a signed road diversion.

Centre manager Adrian Jones said: "As part of routine annual tree safety checks, before the recent storms, a number of trees on Whinlatter Pass had been identified as needing work carried out to them, including felling in some cases.

"Further checks revealed that some of these trees have suffered damage during December's storms and urgent work is required to make these safe."

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