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Storm Ciarán: Plan To Replace Lost Trees

The Environment Minister says there needs to be a plan for how Jersey recovers from the 'incredible loss' of trees across the island.

The total number of trees uprooted by Storm Ciaran isn't known, but it is expected to take weeks to clear them all.

In a social media post. Deputy Jonathan Renouf says attention must turn to how to restore the island's landscape.

"We do want to think, not just about how many trees we plant, but what kind of trees we plant, and what kind of wooded landscapes we would like to see in the future."

Future generations will look back and think, that although this was a devastating loss, that we responded well, and that we went about restoring the island's landscape in a thoughtful and creative way."

Large swathes of woodland came down in last week's 100 miles an hour and accompanying tornado that ripped through an eight kilometre stretch of the eastern parishes.

Tree-lined lanes, parks, the zoo, Samares Manor botanical gardens and private gardens have also been changed forever.

At the arboretum at Val de la Mare Reservoir, Jersey Trees for Life says many rare species have been lost.

Alex Morel told Channel 103 it took four and half hours to walk around the site in St Peter to survey the damage.

"It will only be when we start removing the trees that we can remove the tags and start seeing which is which.

There are trees on top of trees.

We've lost some of our big eucalyptus - one we'd nicknamed Big Betha  - that one is down.  We've lost our champion Hawthorne, we've lost the tops of our coastal Redwood, which is particularly sad."

We have ten collections, and it is important we re-stock those.  We get new eucalyptus in for the Australasia section.  We're going to be introducing Red Maple into the North American collection. We will have to put in new oaks, pines and conifers.

There is going to be a period of planting this winter, next winter, and probably the winter after."

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