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Storm Ali Blew Down Our Conker Tree

We have a number of trees in our garden, one of them was a conker tree (horse chestnut) (Aesculus hippocastanum) that one of my sons grew from a conker. Storm Ali blew through today and broke a large limb off the tree, bringing most of it down. Once we had cleared that up, the storm blew the other way and brought the other half of the tree down!

Luckily no one was hurt. We cut the branches and dragged the wood into a laneway in our garden until it can be cut up smaller and disposed of. It's possible that some large parts can be used for firewood. I collected a number of the conkers - the children will love those.

Storm Ali has 80mph winds, not the strength of storm that has hit the USA but bad enough for this area.

Image Credit » (c) MegL my own photo

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VinceSummers wrote on September 19, 2018, 9:56 AM

That is a horse of a different chestnut! [Sorry.] Well, you'll certainly have a little less shade now. Why not replace this buckeye (yet another name) with an eating chestnut? I wonder if the American Chestnut would prosper in Ireland? Hey, that's a great idea, Vince (pats self on back).

Kasman wrote on September 19, 2018, 10:02 AM

Were I am (Fife) we are getting very strong winds right now. I haven't been out so far today but need to go out now - hope a tree doesn't fall on me!

MegL wrote on September 19, 2018, 1:10 PM

We have a number of trees in the garden. We are thinking of having them cut down a long way and letting them bush out into hedge, less likely to fall on someone!

MegL wrote on September 19, 2018, 1:11 PM

Yes, someone was killed with a tree falling on them today from storm Ali. Take care.

lookatdesktop wrote on September 19, 2018, 4:02 PM

80 mph is pretty bad if sustained for just enough time. Straight winds of that level of intensity are definitely destructive to trees and rooftops. Sorry you lost your horse chestnut. I have seen wind blown Oaks fall due to heavy ground saturation and high winds in our area.