Lochend Woods devastated by storm

Community woodland volunteers have launched a clean up operation following the recent gales which left a trail of destruction at Lochend Woods in Dunbar.

The high winds blew down around 25 trees, mostly mature Scots Pines and a few sycamores.

A large pine tree fell into the garden of a house on the edge of the woods, coming to lie wedged between the back door and a garden shed.

Dunbar Community Woodland Group’s liaison officer, Isobel Knox, said: “No young trees were damaged but we have a few tree tops blown off too. Thankfully, no-one was hurt by the trees falling. It’s good to know that people were being sensible and stayed away from the woods when the storm was at its worst.

“We have contacted our tree surgeon to come in and deal with the trees which are lying across paths and the blown off tree-tops hanging on other trees.”

A tree planting event had to be cancelled and a new date will be arranged at the woodland group’s next meeting on Monday, January 23. Members are also due to complete further green woodwork training at Wooplaw Woods near Lauder in March so that they can progress to running courses at Lochend Woods.