Storm blast and bloom.

The day after Storm Doris and – just inside the wall surrounding Sydney Gardens  -adjoining Sydney Road – evidence of the severity of the wind gusts that hit the city.

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Storm Doris damage in Sydney Gardens.

What a great job B&NES teams did too in clearing fallen trees and branches. Don’t know whether any part of this mature fir is able to be rescued for future growth but no doubt the Parks Department will be returning to the scene to deal with the remains.

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The canal-side wall that still needs cleaning off.

Good to see the B&NES Graffiti Unit has dealt with most of the vandalism that disfigured the stone wall beside the Kennet and Avon Canal running through the gardens – though the daubings remain to be dealt with under one of the ornamental bridges crossing the canal and through the long canal tunnel out of the gardens towards open countryside.

I am hearing it all depends on who owns which wall. Hope it is sorted out soon and the rest of this attack on one of our best loved heritage assets is cleaned away.

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Spring flowers in Sydney Gardens today – amongst the fallen twigs from yesterday’s storm.

On a final – and spring like note – what a difference a day makes. Today’s warm sunshine has helped many more miniature daffodils to bloom in Sydney Gardens. A welcome sight.