Strong winds forecast in Bedfordshire brings tree warning

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Farmers and landowners are being advised to check the condition of trees by the roadside and in public places with more strong winds forecast.

A yellow warning for 50–65mph gusts across Bedfordshire and the whole of the eastern region has been issued by the Met Office for late afternoon tomorrow (Wednesday 14 January) through to the end of Thursday (15 January).

As a result, the CLA, which represents thousands of landowners, farmers and rural business in the region, is warning its members they could face a claim for damages if a tree or a large branch falls in a public place.

CLA East Regional Surveyor Tim Woodward said: “Liability for damage or injury caused by fallen trees and branches depends on whether the owner knew, or should have known, that the tree was likely to fall.

“We are advising our members to inspect their roadside trees as soon as possible and keep a written record of the inspections to demonstrate due care and diligence in the unfortunate event of an accident.

“Being able to prove that proper care has been taken would also reduce the risk of facing Council charges for clearing fallen timber from the public highway.”