In today’s strong winds – a large bough of a tall conifer tree at the Rectory Road entrance to Alexandra Gardens collapsed onto Penarth’s Garden of Remembrance.
The huge branch – estimated to weigh more than 2 tonnes – had become overloaded by the gale and snapped at the point where it connected to the main tree trunk.
Today’s collapse was witnessed shortly after it occurred by local resident JaneMcLaughlin and parks staff were on the scene early this afternoon.
Luckily there was no one in the Garden of Remembrance at the time . The collapsing branch fell onto the hedge separating the garden from the main park and onto a public pathway . It will need to be sawn up before it can be removed.
The failure of this tree may lead to a safety survey of similar trees in Alexandra Park the popular public park where in the past other large trees have been brought down by gale force winds.
In other parts of Penarth there were reports of fences being blown down and in Sully the Seashore Grill was partially flooded by breaking waves driven inshore by the wind during this morning’s high spring-tide.
The grill remained open but a clear-up operation was in progress there this afternoon