GP 8, severe storm damage to club

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  1. ChrisJ

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    Hello

    Very sad to say that the recent hurricane force winds and rain have had a devastating effect on our club ground, We have lost Half of our FT course which was up the far end near the car park with 30-40 trees down, targets have been bent and smashed and 2 are still buried under the trees. As you can imagine we are all quite shocked at the damage at East Devon and we do not know when this area can be cleared for future use as its down to the landlord... This area was the best bit of ground we had and we had plans to make this area the focal point of the GP, We are having a meeting at the club on sunday morning to see if we can identify any other area to fit in the 10 lanes but doing this would be hard to gain the angles we need.

    So just a heads up that GP8 could be cancelled if I feel we cannot put out a course that I am happy with.

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    Chris Jones
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  2. RobF

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    Bloody eck !

    If you need a hand mate I can lend it for a weekend work permitting. We can hire a few chains and get the targets from somewhere I'm sure.
     
  3. DaveRobinson

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    So long as there are no unsafe trees this just gives more target placment opertununites does it not??
     
  4. merc350

    merc350 Just wants to shoot...

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    Looks like a great opportunity if you have the targets. You can utilise the downed trees and call it the "great hurricane GP"
    :)
     
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    merc350 Just wants to shoot...

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    +1 agree entirely
     
  6. DaveRobinson

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    Thought it was a picture of emley at first looks like bottom of the embankment with the uprooted trees
     
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    merc350 Just wants to shoot...

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    It does and they have been used with great effect for target placement.:)
     
  8. NJR 100

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    Have to say think it does kind of open things up. Personally i prefered the other more open side as there was more wind there but now the thick area of pines (i think?) are down it would be very challenging in the wind on this side, just what agp should be.

    I am sure Chris if we rally in Swefta a few days work could help sort most of it?
     
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    We don't have 'uprooted trees'....just strategecley placed woodwork...(by Trev & Bob)...:D
     
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    I thought thet were lesser spotted horned newt habbitats
     
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    Don't call Gary that...he gets upset....:D
     
  12. NJR 100

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    is it just trees damaged?
    The storage huts, covered zero range and "club" hut are ok Steve?



    Cheers

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    I'm off Gig rowing in the Scilly's now, but next weekend (12.05.12) I can bring a couple of chainsaws up to the club if you need them?
    Let me know.

    Atb,

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  14. NJR 100

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    any further news on how much work is needed to sort the ground out at east devon?

    any plans for work parties etc?

    Thanks

    simom
     
  15. TonyF

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    Simon, the club hut, storage and zero range are all OK.
    The area affected is the top right hand side of the track which had recently been thinned out by the owner. The picture was taken from the top looking back down into the thick wood. Chris/Jeremy and others were due to have a meeting this morning to discuss the options, but at present I don't know the outcome.
     
  16. rich

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    Thinning it out possibly exposed weak trees to wind forces for the first time.
     
  17. TonyF

    TonyF SWEFTA FT Champion 2006

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    That's exactly what happened Rich. You remove the outer trees and the ones in the middle do not have a good root system. All pushed over like nine pins! :(

    Trouble is, you cannot see into the course just a load of root balls blocking your view.
     
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    Ho hum, just move the HFT course up there then. ;)
     
  19. ChrisJ

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    OK ...Panic over.. We have had a meeting at the club today and one of our members who used to work in forestry has now been contracted by the landowner to clear the area for us.. should take about 4 weeks to clear.. The good thing to come out of this is the inner part of the wood where the HFT is placed is now more open to the wind... We have quite a bit of work to do but it is all positive and we will make GP8 the best yet :)

    Chris

    PS .... Anyone need any firewood we have plenty to spare.
     
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    I predicted this would happen after i saw the thinning work before christmas.. Just got hit worse than anyone expected and at the wrong angle being a south westerly storm. All the wood that was thinned out is still sat in piles.. The company that did the work went bust as it was to do with training the out of work to do tree work, Looks like they took the Grant and buggered of.. So really the trees did not need to come down in the 1st place.

    Did I mention we have firewood.......:)
     

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