Many of London's parks and squares suffered as trees were snapped off or wrenched up by the roots. In Eaton Square a mature tree fell and crushed several cars, in a scene repeated across the capital. Kew Gardens lost over 20 trees. London Landscapes asked some of the capital's parks and open space managers how they had been affected.
"There is also considerable windblown damage to the rank elm areas. This may allow some natural opening up where we can encourage regeneration. Highgate Wood has about 25 trees damaged or down. The clear-up operation will take several weeks."
A similar story came from Paul Jackson, Head Gardener at Kenwood. "We have a minimum of £20,000 of tree work with about 25 trees damaged or fallen. Fortunately many of the damaged trees were birch, which are less valuable to us here at Kenwood.
"However a large boundary oak near the Flower Garden, around 250 years old, blew down blocking the path, and a large boundary oak near Hampstead Gate became unstable and needed to be felled. In addition, many fences have been damaged, either where trees have fallen on the iron boundary fences or where wooden posts have snapped and the fence has blown over, as in Hampstead Lane."
Clissold Park in Hackney reported the loss of several mature sycamores, limes and chestnuts.
South of the river, Wandsworth's Parks Manager Jennifer Ullman reported, "Wandsworth Park seems to have been the worst hit of all of our spaces, 1 guess because it is near the river and there is a nice upward sweep for the wind to push up. We are still taking a reckoning, but we lost close to 100 trees across all of our open spaces; but most of that would be small things on the Commons.
"At Battersea we had a big plane tree by the Pagoda break off near the top, which will make things look very lopsided! The losses in our open spaces weren't really significant - just nature's thinning and a lot to clear up. We did have some very big trees from private gardens out onto the roads though."