Large Tree Falls In Chiswick House Grounds
Park delayed opening after tree split in two
Chiswick House Gardens has reopened as tree surgeons moved in to tackle the remains of a large tree which dramatically toppled over yesterday (Sunday, June 10th).
A spokesperson said that half the trunk of a large Horse Chestnut tree had suddenly split off and fallen onto a wall between the grounds and the Will To Win tennis club at around 6.45 p.m. There were very few people in the area at the time as it was raining and nobody was injured, she added.
The area is known as the “ northern wilderness” and is close to the car-park.
The tree trunk destroyed part of the wall and fell onto an area of the tennis club which is used as waste ground. Members of the club staff alerted the Chiswick House warden and the Fire Brigade were called.
As a precaution, the park opened at 9 a.m. today ( Monday) instead of the usual 7 a.m., in order to allow tree surgeons to investigate the damage and deal with the rest of the tree.
The spokesperson said the tree had appeared to be in good health. The trunk had split in two about thirty feet off the ground.
They have also examined the rest of the trees in the gardens to see if any problems have resulted from the wet and windy conditions but were not expecting to have to shut the park again, she added.
June 11, 2012