Its been a few weeks since the conveyor belt of storms culminated in the hurricane winds of Feb the 12/ 13th. I blogged earlier how the high winds and rain saturated ground had impacted one National Trust property in Snowdonia. But we are also hearing stories of impenetrable tree blown properties across Wales. Parklands choked with fallen trees, woodlands which will take months to get to grips with because of so much damage. Park lands with multiple venerable veteran trees snapped in two. In terms of natural processes trees being blown down or even whole woodlands being flattened are nothing new and long may it continue. This creates diversity in woodland structure, openings for younger trees and even logs for me! But and this is a big but do we need to plan for new types of woodlands and structures? If these big winds continue as they say they will because of more energy in the atmosphere then the British woodland landscape will definitely start to change and this could happen quickly. You have tree species and forests all set up to take a certain climate in terms of rain, drought and winds. If this shifts as all the models predict then we need to start planning or coping with this change. What should we do?
This was a quick video taken on the phone of the of the Coed y Mor site