A Week on the Estate: Wild Weather, Looking Back & Tools Needed
This winter really has given us a bit of everything. In the first half of February, we saw sunny days-out for the Reds, saturated ground in front of the Hall and fields locked in snow and ice across the estate. This week, the temperature has climbed from freezing lows last weekend to almost double-digit highs at the time of writing. Long-range forecasts suggest a possible return to freezing weather by March, so it’s not quite time to roll out the welcome mat for spring.
A look back at this time a year ago suggests there’s no such thing as a normal week on the estate. Around 14th February 2020, we were dealing with the aftermath of Storm Ciara, which brought wind-speeds above 50mph and sudden, heavy downpours to the county. By night, estate staff worked with chainsaws and a JCB in wild weather to clear a road blocked by fallen trees at Campaign Top. Daylight revealed more fallen timber and some wrecked fencing to be added to the estate’s job-list.