A park in Watford has been temporarily closed as yesterday’s bad weather resulted in damage to trees causing multiple safety hazards.
Residents are told not to visit Cassiobury Park for their own safety and a specialist team of tree experts is assessing the damage today.
A statement from Watford Borough Council reads: “We have taped off any hazardous areas and a specialist team of tree experts will be assessing the damage today.
“Barriers have been placed at several entrances to advise people not to enter the park. Please do not visit until we are sure it’s safe for you to do so.”
Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said Cassiobury Park took a direct hit from the storms last night.
He said: “Tree experts have been in the park this morning and have recommended we temporarily close the park to keep visitors safe from falling trees and debris.
“This has been done temporarily whilst emergency repair work takes place to the affected trees. I know this will be a frustration to the park’s many visitors but keeping people safe must be our highest priority. The park will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.”
Each year around 6 people in the UK are killed when trees or branches fall on them. Around 3 people are killed each year by trees in public spaces.
If you see a tree down because of high winds, and it seems like an emergency because it’s blocking a road or pathway, contact Watford Council’s call centre on 01923 226400.