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In pictures: 1987 storm

A caravan site resembled little more than a rubbish tip at Peacehaven, Sussex

South-east England woke to find the devastation left by a huge storm in the early hours of 16 October 1987. The storm was reported to be the worst to hit England since 1703.

Two out of the 27 light aircraft at Shoreham Airport, Sussex

The storm made landfall in Cornwall before tracking north-east towards Devon. It swept the South East and the Midlands, finally going out to sea via the Wash.

A cyclist views the huge hole left by an uprooted tree on Mote Road, Maidstone, Kent

The storm caused massive damage and it is believed some 15 million trees (including six of the seven famous oak trees in Sevenoaks) came down.

Looking up through three stories to where the chimney once was at the Queens Hotel, Hastings, Sussex

The damage to homes and properties was enormous - estimated at up to 2bn at the time.

A lucky escape for Frixos Pallas and his family in the early hours when a tree severely damaged his house in Caversham, Reading

Reports vary but it is believed the storm was responsible for the deaths of 18 people. There were also plenty of stories of lucky escapes.

Emmetts Garden, near Sevenoaks, Kent, lost 95% of its mature trees (top)

National Trust properties were badly hit. Emmetts Garden lost 95% of its mature trees. Fast-growing trees, such as birch, now dominate. They will be outlived by oak and beech.

Knole Park, Kent, had 70% of its trees felled in the storm (left)

Knole Park, one of the few deer parks in England to have survived the past 500 years, lost 70% of its trees. Many were about 200 years old, which made them vulnerable.

Petworth House Estate, West Sussex. Then and now photos for the National Trust by Michael Howarth.

The 700-acre parkland of Petworth House, whose landscape was designed by Capability Brown and captured on canvass by Turner, lost a number of ancient trees.

Drovers Estate, South Downs, was home to beech trees planted to commemorate Trafalgar

Another site to suffer was Drovers Estate. The Honeycombe Copse was home to numerous ancient beech trees, some of which where planted in the 1800s to commemorate Trafalgar.

Clandon Park, Surrey, (Left: 1987)

Clandon Park was another National Trust property to suffer tree loss. In total, an estimated 250,000 trees on Trust properties were blown down in the early hours of 16 October.



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