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The Great Storm 1987

The Great Storm of 1987 has gone down in history for the wake of destruction it left across the Southern Counties. In the worst storm to hit England since 1703, winds hit 100mph and battered the countryside and coast.

Some 15 million trees were blown down on 16  October 1987, and tragically 19 people lost their lives. Damage to buildings, and cars, and the everyday infrastructure of modern life was massive, as the country slowly cleared up the aftermath of that one night of destruction.

Now twenty years on, we can look back and assess the impact on the country's trees and woodlands.

Storm damage from 1987 storm

What happened

Storm damage from 1987 storm

What we did

Storm damage from 1987 storm

Long term impact: 20 years on

Storm damage from 1987 storm

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