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Great Storm at Cow Wood
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Great Storm at Cow Wood

Opposite the Red Lion in Handcross, trees brought down by the Great Storm have blocked the popular footpath to Cow Wood and the woodland walks of Nymans.
The Large Version shows the root of a fallen tree only a few yards from this footpath. The top branches of the tree brushed against the kitchen window of Belmont where my parents lived, but caused no damage. Here, my mother, Nora Ray, has been persuaded by the mischievous photographer to stand in the hole left by the root ball.

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Picture added on 06 May 2014 at 09:11
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Great Storm of 1987
In 1987 and being a local lad in my 20s, I took a walk around Cow Wood from this viewpoint; the path you see above was narrower with a foot style at the end of the path.
The ground beyond (Meadow Cow Field) was always waterlogged, and somewhat later large chunks of wood sliced as stepping-stones were laid with wire netting affixed for grip.
To the left of the path there used to be a trough and an embankment full of holly trees (now a car park). The trees that are now on that slope were not there in 1987 and it was a pleasure to look out from that point for the seasonal views.
At the bottom of the slope, where the still-existing oak tree is in the right-hand corner, was a well-polished foot style. To pass it in 1987 you had to climb many metres of trees fallen over from Nymans gardens!
As for the path beside the main lake, it was made impassable by many fallen specimen trees. All paths from the dog kennels and from Staplefield were blocked where the waterfall is.

Added by Anon on 27 June 2014
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