NEW photos have revealed the damage caused by a huge tree falling to the ground yesterday.
The tree at Montpelier Crescent, Brighton, is thought to be hundreds of years old and appears to have split in three directions down the middle of its trunk.
It shattered car windows when it fell around 12.30pm and East Sussex Fire Brigade were called to cordon off the scene.
Residents from the area gathered in the evening, and many said the tree had been a big part of their lives.
Some were at home and heard the holm oak come “clacking down”.
While others said they were shocked to find it on the floor when they returned from work.
An impromptu candlelight vigil is understood to have been held in the park yesterday.
And many people shared memories online of days spent in the sun and having fun with friends under the tree.
Others said they remembered it from their childhood when they spent happy days playing in the park.
The fire service asked a representative from Brighton and Hove City Council and a tree surgeon to be on site.
A City Council spokesman said: “Unfortunately a large evergreen oak tree known as the Holm Oak collapsed on Montpelier Crescent yesterday.
“Our arborist team was there yesterday and our contractor uprooted the tree.
“The oak showed no outward signs of instability or visible signs of decay. So we won’t be sure why it collapsed until we investigate further.
“We believe the tree was around 200 years old. It had the largest expansive canopy in the city and will be sorely missed.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20757470.huge-fallen-tree-brighton-damages-cars-park-shut-off/?ref=rss A huge fallen tree in Brighton damages cars as the park was cordoned off