Storm Eunice rips iconic tree in Bude from ground
An iconic tree that has been standing in a north Cornwall town for generations has fallen down due to brutal winds from Storm Eunice.
The Triangle Tree in Bude was ripped from the ground this morning (January 18) – marking the “end of an era” for residents who grew up passing the tree in town as many watched it collapse in stormy conditions.
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A video which was originally posted to the Kai Wilson page on Twitter, has been shared widely on social media and captured the incredible moment the tree fell down, ripping the roots from the ground in the process, as a result of brutal winds.
It is not yet clear if anyone was injured by the fall but many have been left heartbroken at the news that it would no longer be standing in its iconic location.
One resident commented on a post on Facebook which shared images of the fallen tree lying in the Triangle, with its snapped branches.
He said: “Oh, the end of an era. So sad, hopefully it will be replaced with a semi mature tree this year. Once the gales have gone.”
Another resident added: “Oh no, beautiful tree gone. I hope a new one goes in its place.”
Someone else said: “” Insane! That tree has been there forever! “
One resident shared his memories of the tree saying: “Sad to see the old tree go, many happy memories of eating pasties sitting in that area with our children and grandchildren playing quite safely. Stay safe everyone down there.”
The collapse of the tree has also been described as “heart breaking” and “devastating” by other residents who have commented on the post.
Follow all the day’s drama in our live blog on everything Storm Eunice here.
Bude Police Station had also issued an “urgent plea” for residents to stay away from the Triangle and Splash Leisure Center areas after the center roof was also ripped off in the storm.
A spokesperson shared a post on Facebook saying: “URGENT PLEA … Due to severe wind damage and trees falling, we ask that you please stay away from Bude Triangle, The Strand and The Splash areas.
“Emergency services are already stretched with other incidents and ask that you stay home if possible and safe during this extreme weather.”
Workers have since been spotted cutting up the tree with chainsaws to help remove the tree from the site.
Follow our live blog of all the trees that have fallen down in Cornwall here.
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