The vicious storm (named St. Jude) that swept across southern England last night reached south London early this morning. Inevitably, there were tree losses across Brockley, including some very sad casualties in Hilly Fields.
They are nearly all on the rise coming up from Adelaide Avenue and at the crown of the park near the children's play park. It seems that the winds swept up and across the park, snapping mature trees like matchsticks:
The species are maple, Black Poplar and, very sadly, one of the mature willows that sits on the rise coming up Montague Avenue. Arguably, these trees came down because they were rotting or weak, but nonetheless, we have lost some old friends in the last 24 hours.