Storm brings down trees at campsite but all the buildings are safe

3 June 2019

The Metrological Office warnings proved correct when on

23 February 2017 a storm, that they named ’Doris’, moved across the UK bringing damaging gusts of wind to our area.

Storm Doris was labelled by some as a ‘weather bomb’ and when it struck the Lowestoft District campsite at Herringfleet on the Somerleyton Estate the site manager feared the worst.

However when the storm abated and it was safe to venture onto the site there was a sigh of relief as although nine trees had been blown down, fortunately no buildings were damaged.

Since then the Herringfleet SAS service team have been busy clearing up the debris and waiting for professional tree surgeons to take down the more dangerous trees that were still standing.

Herringfleet Campsite Wardens Leader Paul Howard said “one of the trees that has come down used to stand near ‘Woodlea’, the warden den. It is particularly sad as it used to be the home of a large bat colony and in summer at dusk you could see between 40-50 bats emerge from the tree – quite a sight.”

The nine trees that came down were of all varieties including Sycamore, Silver Birch and Hornbeam. Some of the trees were old with one estimated to be aged 200 – 300 years.

Mr. Howard added, “We undertake regular tree surveys and always check after any heavy winds. This is part of scouting policy for management of campsites.

All the buildings on the site are safe and untouched – helped by careful planning, good tree management and minimising the risk by pulling up saplings that were too close to the structures. Overall we got away with it quite lightly.”

One bonus from the storm is that there should now be even more wood for open fires!