Kew News - Storm damage at Kew Gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew suffered some damage from the storm on Monday 28 October. This page will be updated as our damage assessment continues.
28 Oct 2013
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Due to severe weather Kew Gardens was closed on Monday 28 October and Tuesday 29 October. It is standard practice to close our sites in high winds as the safety of our visitors and staff is paramount.
Of approximately 14,000 trees at Kew, only 12 were lost, a dedicated team worked to clear fallen branches and debris around the site during the closure.
Wakehurst Place was open throughout the period. There were a small number of tree losses and other trees that lost branches, these were also cleared by the team.
07/11/2013 2:48:02 PM |
Hi Curt, thanks for your question. Since the 1987 storm, Kew has pioneered techniques that make our trees much more prepared for strong winds. These include: tree planting techniques to deliver a stronger root system and trunk; de-compaction and mulching operations to develop stronger root systems; planned tree work to develop stronger crowns; and regular visual tree assessments followed by any necessary pruning operations.
28/10/2013 11:08:33 PM |
What precautions did you take (and, what effect did they have) as a result of your experience with the 1987 storm?
28/10/2013 8:34:01 PM |
I trust the damage to trees and shrubs from the storm is minimal and that the plant material will recover fully and flourish once again at Kew.
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