On 28 October the biggest storm since 1987 hit Southern England, and Harrow Recreation ground lost a few trees. The largest was an oak near the cemetery. The force of the wind snapped the tree in two, leaving a jagged stump. Luckily nobody was in the area at the time, and most of the other trees in the park survived with only minor damage to branches.
Throughout the storm Mary, our wonderful park keeper, was on duty and started clearing up immediately after the strongest winds had passed. Whilst the largest trees needed attention from tree surgeons, all paths in the park were kept open and within a few hours almost everything was back to normal. We are very grateful to Mary, the other parks staff together with all Council employees who worked hard to keep the effects of the storm to a minimum on roads, parks and pathways across the borough.
We were also saddened to hear that Dermot Drohan, Operations Manager in the Council’s Public Realm department, had tragically lost his life when a tree fell on his car in Watford and offer our condolences to his family and colleagues.