Maybe the ground was not a contributory factor in this case, Fish, but it certainly could be one day. Old top heavy trees in wet and windy conditions.
I am so upset by this terrible tragedy, and something that should never have happened. The authorities knew what their policy is on these trees, they also know that there is a mass of dead would on many of them, and if anyone of those people had an ounce of common sense or a brain cell between them, they would also know the chances of something like this must happen one day. Only after a tragic event, is something preventable done. Same old story. Of course, it doesn't really touch them, as they go about their daily business. That was last weeks News
The same won't apply to that young couple who have lost a Baby
I am tired with going on about how trees are not managed. I love trees but having lived through a night like no other and seen how they can cause so much damage in gales and storms, which I've mentioned before, the state that the trees in this area are in is very worrying. Pretending they are dead and cutting them to base, is not the answer either, that's the lazy way.
Just as a matter of interest. If a tree from your neighbours garden is blown through the roof of your bungalow in storm, or breaks your fence or lands on your greenhouse etc.who pays for the damage ?