1987 Great Storm - “An area of outstanding natural devastation”

Giant oaks, which have stood for a thousand years in Petworth Park, were torn up and discarded by the hurricane-force storm
Giant oaks, which have stood for a thousand years in Petworth Park, were torn up and discarded by the hurricane-force storm

Thirty years ago, West Sussex woke up to an amazing sight as The Great Storm cause enormous damage.

Masses of trees were uprooted and buildings damaged. Below are images from 1987 and a round-up of the devastation that was caused in the Chichester district.