Michael Rowland, head of park operations at The Royal Parks charity, said:

“We are still assessing the full extent of the damage across the parks, but so far we estimate that around 150 trees were lost in Storm Eunice, following the red weather warning that saw winds reaching 69mph in Bushy Park. This compares with around 4,500 trees which were lost during the Great Storm of 1987.

The Royal Parks are home to around 170,000 trees including rare and veteran trees, and sadly we lost three veteran oaks in Richmond Park, with a further two veteran trees sustaining major damage.  Veterans are trees which have developed specific features of biological interest due to their age over time.

 Our park teams, arboriculturists and landscape contractors have been working from the crack of dawn throughout the weekend in a major clean-up operation to open the parks safely for visitors. All our parks are now open, although some areas, such as the Isabella Plantation at Richmond Park, remain closed until further notice.

 A yellow wind warning is in place again for Monday 21st February, with high winds and gusts in excess of 40mph expected throughout the morning and into the afternoon, so we ask that those visiting the parks remain vigilant. Please check our website regularly for further updates.”