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Message posted by ST1100 on 14/8/2018 at 1:29pm
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-45180873

I don't know about the rest of you but this is something I would not of thought about.

Message posted by Vivebunny on 14/8/2018 at 1:38pm
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Isn't it tragic news! My heart goes out to the family.

I was camping with my kids once and in the middle of the night my son screamed out (which woke me up) because he heard a tree branch crack off the tree and fall. The crack was like a gunshot and it was very, very alarming.

We weren't anywhere too close, but it was a sobering event all the same. During a recent camp trip I noticed a family camped under an old oak tree. It wouldn't have been my choice I have to say.

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Message posted by Fiona W on 14/8/2018 at 2:13pm
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It's certainly a tragedy for the family.
I can only guess at what a family hammock tent is. And what weight is a family in a hammock tied onto the branches of 2 trees in a storm. Seems it's at a country park, not a campsite; risk assessments are based on the likely use - you'd take a weak branch off a tree overhanging a public footpath but not in the middle of a dense wood where no one has reason to go walking.
There's never just the one reason for an accident, and Health & Safetry Executive will be working on it already.

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Message posted by Hedgehugger on 14/8/2018 at 6:30pm
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How desperately sad. I notice from the BBC item that the tragedy took place 'outside the designated camping area' of the country park. Presumably inside the area trees would have been checked for safety and strength? Or this kind of camping would not have been permitted? I guess we all make our own choices, and live - and very occasionally, tragically, die - by them.

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We arrived at a site in the south of France after a very stormy night. Apparently a tree fell on the car of a couple in a tent. They were unhurt fortunately, and had to hire a car to get them home to Brittany. The tree had already been removed when we arrived, but we noticed a 'team' looking round the site, and 1 other tree was felled.

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Such sad news to hear and my thoughts with his family. Such a joyful time ended with a freak accident. A stark warning to be had for people trying the hammock tents. A shame someone has to lose their life for it to be highlighted.

Message posted by Gerry Williams on 14/8/2018 at 9:22pm
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Wouldn't mind betting that it was a Ash tree - known for 'shedding' branches after a dry spell - to the extent that a 'folk' name for them is 'The Widow Maker'

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Message posted by DeborahTurner on 14/8/2018 at 9:33pm
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Terrifying. Poor family.

I am very wary of camping under trees, especially in wind or a dry spell, though I thought many trees shed branches, not just ash.

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i was exhibiting at a 4x4 show at billing aquadrome the year the freak tornado hit the site. it was a landrover show but attended by all the 4x4 response networks from around the country.

a large, i think, ash came right over on a caravan with a lady and child in and another shed a huge branch perfectly center from front to back of of very expensive show vehicle.

by the time the emergency services arrived, everyone was rescued, the vehicles made safe, the trees chopped up and cups of tea were being consumed.

the incident commander commented that there was more privately owned rescue equipment on site than he had in his whole brigade.

Message posted by Romaway on 15/8/2018 at 8:42am
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This is so sad and a real freak accident.

I am always wary of trees after seeing a large one just fall in the middle of a calm mid afternoon in lovely sunny weather in Derbyshire. It was a huge tree and did not look dead or anything. It just went down as if in slow motion.

We were camping in the next field so no one was hurt but it certainly made me aware.

Message posted by SGThomas on 15/8/2018 at 9:47am
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In ancient days as a Boy Scout, we were always told never to pitch under an isolated tree because of lightning risks, and generally to avoid trees because of falling branches in windy times.

I obviously forgot this as we look for shade under trees when camping around the Med.

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2019 ditto (hopefully)

Message posted by The 2 Tops on 15/8/2018 at 10:37am
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WE have been close to danger a couple of times - once in Cornwall, where a tree on the boundary of a campsite fell away from the site and blocked an adjacent driveway during the night. It was a large tree and, had it fell in our direction, ours and a nearby caravan would have been damaged (probably written off) and injuries likely. The second time was in France. We were sitting outside our awning when we heard a creaking sound. A medium-sized tree fell slowly and ended up against our awning. It took at least 8 of us to work the tree away from the awning until we could get it to fall flat to the ground.
The site owners came along, used a chain saw to cut the tree up, and carted the remains away.
Another camper then told us that the previous year, on a pitch almost opposite us, a large branch of a tree had fallen and severely damaged a caravan.

For those of us living in tents, caravans or motorhomes it seems that we are never very far from danger when trees are around.
Bertie.

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Message posted by Mucker1884 on 15/8/2018 at 1:55pm
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We made a tea-time return to our Vendee camp site (Sept '15) to this...

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Apparently, two had fell, and others were teetering, so they spent the afternoon flailing a chain saw around, to make things safe!

I feared rounding the next bend, as that would bring our tent into view, but due to putting it into storm mode at 2 am that very morning, and the tree's behind us not being so tall and skinny, all was well with the world, thankfully!



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Message posted by duffs54 on 15/8/2018 at 2:56pm
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Omg so sad, wouldn't have dreamed of anything like that happening,

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