Strong winds forecast - landowners warned to check trees

A fallen tree blocks the road at North Elmham after a gale last year. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A fallen tree blocks the road at North Elmham after a gale last year. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

According to the Met Office, we can expect gale force gusts tomorrrow and Thursday.

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Farmers and landowners are being advised to check the condition of trees by the roadside and in public places.

A yellow warning for winds of up to 65mph has been issued by the Met Office from Wednesday afternoon until the end of Thursday.

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA), which represents thousands of landowners, farmers and rural business across the region, is warning members they could face a claim for damages if a tree or a large branch falls in a public place.

CLA regional surveyor Tim Woodward said: “Liability for damage or injury caused by fallen trees and branches depends on whether the owner knew, or should have known, that the tree was likely to fall.


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“We are advising our members to inspect their roadside trees as soon as possible and keep a written record of the inspections to demonstrate due care and diligence in the unfortunate event of an accident.

“Being able to prove that proper care has been taken would also reduce the risk of facing Council charges for clearing fallen timber from the public highway.”

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