I’ve been panicking a lot – but I’ve also been digitising some old transparencies of mine and thought it would be fun to share the pictures of RBG, Kew, I took after the hurricane of 1987.
I was working on the tree gang at the time and, being a girl, mostly stood about on the ground helping to shove big branches through a massive chipper (although I did also cook Christmas dinner for the guys!)
The gardens hired a high-lift – can’t remember how tall it was, but you can see it was big. They did once let me up in the basket – on a superb late autumn day – to take pictures and these are the ones. Old, so not the best quality.
We cleared up well after that disaster (some in authority even said we were doing it too fast).
Everyone was devastated, but arboriculturists are a special breed. And these were real heroes in the situation they faced.
We were all so young then!
Not on the scale of the Covid-19 pandemic, but it does prove that nice memories can be made in bad times.