Over the weekend, I went for a walk in Crystal Palace Park, in south London, and I was relieved that the damage wasn't as severe as in 1987. In the aftermath of the Great Storm back then I saw fallen trees everywhere.
The photos on this post were ones I took yesterday. You can see cracked branches in the pictures at the top of this page. Some entire trees were toppled in the park - and sadly a large old oak fell onto cars in a road nearby.
One of the things you might spot if you look at the picture of the Indian bean is that a few ribbons have been tied on. I realise they were probably put there by people who love the tree, but I'm not sure if those people are aware that tying anything to a branch adds extra strain. Ribbons might seem light, but if too many get put there, and they get waterlogged, then they could increase the chances of the Indian bean toppling completely in the next big storm. It really is best not to attach anything to protected or endangered trees except supports put in place by specialist tree surgeons to keep them alive. It would be better to put the ribbons on the posts surrounding it, like the poem, not on the tree itself.
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