2017 ICF East England: The Great Storm – 30 Years On
The Great Storm on the night of 15-16 October 1987 caused damage on a severe scale across south and eastern England. Substantial damage (over £5 billion at today’s values) was caused to property. Trees, woodlands, and forests were devastated leading to a massive clear up operation.
On the 30th anniversary of the storm, this meeting will remind participants of the impacts of the storm, the lessons learned and the prospects for extreme and catastrophic weather events in the future. A panel of invited speakers will facilitate a discussion to explore how well prepared the forestry and arboricultural professions are placed to respond in the event of a similar event occurring in the future. The meeting will also include an afternoon visit to Rendlesham Forest to see how the plantations are evolving as they approach mid-rotation.
- Dr Mark Broadmeadow, Forestry Commission
- Neal Evans, Suffolk Joint Emergency Planning Unit
- Dr Michael Carroll MICFor, formerly Director, Task Force Trees
- Other speakers tbc
Tea, Coffee, and Lunch will be provided.
For further information, please email Mark Pritchard FICFor, ICF East England Regional Secretary.
The Institute of Chartered Foresters is committed to maintaining high standards of biosecurity. Please ensure that you clean and disinfect your footwear prior to arrival and after departure to help minimise the risk of spreading plant pests and diseases. Please follow the directions of your hosts on the use of footpaths, parking and any other precautionary measures.