One storm too many
A post from the Lydiard Park team about the devastating damage caused to the lovely old walnut tree just before Christmas 2013. As chance would have it, I had been in the park just a few days prior to that and taken some pictures around the park for my blog. And one of those pictures was of the aforementioned tree before the storm came. That picture and the others can be seen in the this blog post: https://swindonian.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/ten-things-i-like-about-swindon-no-1-lots-of-parks-and-green-spaces/
Like all of our visitors, we were devastated to see the extensive damage sustained by the walnut tree on the front lawn on the night of 23rd December. Having proudly stood guard on the Lawn for nearly 300 years, the walnut was the oldest tree in the Park, almost certainly predating the remodelling of the estate in the mid 1700’s, and one of the oldest walnuts in the country. The old man was already suffering due to extensive internal rotting and unfortunately this was one storm too many, especially when you consider what it must have endured over its long life.
We’ve had wave after wave of savage winds and torrential rain over the past few weeks that have taken their toll on the Parks trees, and with more storms on the way, we’re asking visitors to exercise caution and avoid walking near trees and in wooded areas in strong…
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