I am lucky enough to live close to St Leonards Forest, which is a lovely & well managed forest.  I have always used this as my play ground on the mountain bike, getting out there as much as possible and doing the various tracks and bridle paths.

With the storm this Christmas I decided to get up there to see what damage had been done.  On first inspection it seemed to have survived OK, but as I walked up the main drag in the forest I could see a few trees down, but then nearing the top it looked like a tornado had ripped through part of it with about 10 trees down in a small space, about 50 yards wide and no they had not fallen on each other as they were offset.

Continued the walk round the forest and found many paths blocked with fallen trees and it looked like the devastation had been fairly contained to that narrow gap but it had extended deeper in to the forest.

I tried to grab a few pics on the iPhone but they did not really do justice to it.  So I headed back with the big camera and the bike.  On the ride up to the forest it was obvious that there had been a lot of trees down across the road, I think the council (or whoever did it) had cleared about 8 trees that would have been completely blocking the road, so hats off to them for doing that.

My big concern is that the forecast is for another storm tomorrow and looking at the trees there are a lot that have been weakened and it will not take much for them to come down.   It could be a lot worse this weekend if the storm is anything like the last one.  Sadly given the size of the forest the pictures do not really do it justice, but I have thrown in a couple of experimental panoramic shots as well

Glorious morning for a ride
I love this stretch on the bike
Trying a panorama
The tree are down
Fallen trees and trees at the wrong angle
More downed trees
Panorama to show the fallen trees

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