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Dozens of trees damaged in Perth Crematorium during Storm Ali

Around 20 trees have been damaged.
Around 20 trees have been damaged.

Around two dozen trees in Perth Crematorium have been badly damaged by rampaging winds during Storm Ali.

Many of the affected trees in the grounds were torn down during the extreme weather that battered Scotland on Wednesday.

While some memorial stones have been disturbed by the wind, or by tree roots, none appear to have been damaged.

All memorials in the affected areas have been photographed and marked to ensure they can be returned as closely as possible to their original location.

Though recognising families may be concerned about the impact on the graves of loved ones, Perth and Kinross Council say the area is currently unsafe for visitors.

Tree work is still ongoing to ensure the safety of the grounds with this expected to continue over the weekend.

Councillor Angus Forbes, Convener of Environment & Infrastructure for the Council, visited crematorium staff yesterday.

Following the visit, he said the situation is being dealt with as “sensitively as possible”.

He said: “I understand that the gardens mean a lot to families who visit there to remember loved ones.

“Crematorium staff are managing the impact on the memorial gardens as sensitively as possible, ensuring that they are protected while the fallen trees and debris are cleared to the side, and to allow full visitor access to the memorial gardens as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Across the country, more than 70,000 homes were left without power during the storm.

The V&A Dundee was forced to close its doors early – just days after its public launch.

People were seen struggling to walk in the area and an ambulance was called after one man fell over — though he was not seriously injured.

Commuters in and out of Fife had to contend with bridge closures to the north and south of the kingdom – with the Queensferry Crossing closed to high-sided vehicles for the first time after winds of 77mph were recorded.

The Forth and Tay road bridges were also closed to all traffic for much of the day with gusts of up to 102mph recorded over the River Tay.

 

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