Storm Aileen, Britain’s first named storm this season with gusts of up to 83mph, has battered the country and caused significant travel disruption, power-cuts, and property damage.
Across the UK, fallen trees and large branches have come down, blocking highways and causing damage to cars, buildings, and property. Gristwood and Toms, the UK’s largest national provider of tree services, has been on high alert, mobilising emergency teams to clear fallen trees and clear the path of destruction left by Storm Aileen.
London – Bromley
The London Borough of Bromley was hit hard with teams reporting 42 separate incidents involving fallen trees as of the morning of 14th September. And while the MET Office reports that Aileen has now eased and is heading off to the Netherlands, local Arboricultural Manager, Graham Bawden, reports he is still receiving call-outs in the area.
A large tree came down in Willow Vale, Chislehurst, narrowly missing a house and blocking access and egress. Volunteer group Chislehurst Town Team took to social media and praised the speed in which the fallen tree was dealt with. The group said: “Excellent service by LBofBromley & @gristwood_toms clearing the fallen tree so quickly after #stormaileen”
Bromley Councillors joined local people, praising Gristwood and Toms staff for their dedication, long hours and efforts to make the local area safe and ease traffic congestion.
London – Westminster
In Westminster, our teams were kept busy clearing 10 trees for Highways and City West Homes. This included an ivy-covered tree (Robinia pseudoacacia) in the Queens Park area that had uprooted and fallen over 3 gardens. The tree ended up on top of a wall, shed and chimney stack. Our professional teams carefully and safely dismantled the tree to make safe and returned the next day to begin the long process of clearing up. As the only access to the gardens is through the properties, the tree will need to be cut into small sections and carefully carried through the houses before being removed.
Teams also dealt with an Ash tree that had shed limbs and featured a major split in the trunk that was moving dangerously in the windy conditions.
In the Bristol and surrounding area, emergency tree teams were working late into the night of 13th September, with 23 tree related incidents reported. Crews continue to work hard the following day, with more incidents being reported by the hour. Police called Gristwood and Toms at 05:30 am, to attend a large tree that had crashed down in a school playground, taking out the metal railings. No one was injured.
In Portsmouth, cars have been damaged and highways blocked by fallen trees.
In Bedfordshire, further damage was caused when a tree fell onto parked cars. Specialist equipment was used to lift the tree from the cars to ensure no further damage was caused.
Gristwood and Toms provide a 24/7 365 day emergency call out service for clients to provide complete peace of mind and a rapid response to any tree related incident.