Who’s got the power? Storm pulverises National Trust property

Craflwyn near Beddgelert. The storm hit hard

Craflwyn near Beddgelert. The storm hit hard

DSC_1632This week was always going to be a memorable one for me. Launching something, trialling something and switching something off. It has been memorable but for ‘so’ many different reasons. By the end of the week I was hoping to be highlighting the National Trusts first big foray into ‘power’ but unfortunately somebody with soooo much more power has stolen the week from us. That owner of that power and holding all the cards, game and rules is nature

The old oriental garden at Craflwyn. More like pickup sticks

The old oriental garden at Craflwyn. More like pickup sticks

On the way back from London yesterday and texts kept coming in to Paul and I from home which listed fires, blackouts, forests buckling, bridges, schools, properties closed and so much more. In London the blue skies glinted and the occasional blade of grass rustled. It really did make it a weird day. 8 hours later and dodging burning stations and trees on the line and I was home. (Normally takes just over 3) 5 hours even later Garry our colleague got home to the Lakes

Simon and Will clearing the road up to the old property office. One of many trees!

Simon and Will clearing the road up to the old property office. One of many trees!

On Friday we ‘were’ to officially open the Snowdon  hydro. This morning I popped over the mountain from home to see what the hurricane force winds had left behind. Craflwyn my work place for most of my NT life has taken a big hit. Many if the large specimen conifers are now flat on the ground, electricity cables dangled from poles and the NT shop in the village has lost it chimney when the flat roof from the pub next door flew off, crossed the lane and took out our chimney before falling into the river, chimney and all. It was astonishing to see big trees which had fallen next to buildings but not one had hit the buildings.

Some very big trees have gone. 140 year old douglas, larch, silver fir...

Some very big trees have gone. 140 year old douglas, larch, silver fir…

I arrived this morning and the rangers teams from Carneddau and Ysbyty Ifan had come over to join Dave and the lads to start cutting, chipping and moving all the trees.

Team effort. Chopping, chipping and clearing

Team effort. Chopping, chipping and clearing

As for tomorrow…with no grid we have no hydro. Besides that the property team are working hard to get the property safe before the next storm slams in tomorrow! Let’s see? #climatefuture?

The entrance to the property

Mill’s capturing the images near the Car park

With such high quality timber down the estate should be ok for planks, construction timber and logs for years to come! Silver lining to a big black cloud?

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One Response to Who’s got the power? Storm pulverises National Trust property

  1. Pingback: Oh the sweet irony. Climate change stops a National Trust climate change project launch! | National Trust Going Green

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