Ancient oak tree felled at Balcombe

One of the casualties of Monday’s storm was an ancient oak tree which came down in winds of between 60 and 70mph.

Tuesday, 29th October 2013, 10:01 am
Tree being chopped up after falling in the storm 28.10.13, just north of the Balcombe viaduct next to the Haywards Heath road. Pic Steve Robards
Tree being chopped up after falling in the storm 28.10.13, just north of the Balcombe viaduct next to the Haywards Heath road. Pic Steve Robards

The giant oak came crashing down just north of Balcombe Viaduct near farmland on the Balcombe estate, damaging a telegraph pole and chevron sign.

Tree surgeons and estate workers rallied round to make the area safe and clear the debris, using heavy lifting gear.

Out photographer, Steve Robards, took this video, which shows the scale of the oak and tree surgeons at work.

Tree being chopped up after falling in the storm 28.10.13, just north of the Balcombe viaduct next to the Haywards Heath road. Pic Steve Robards