Oldest tree in Alford park is victim of storm

The 264-year-old tree -was  the oldest in Haughton Park in Alford
The 264-year-old tree -was the oldest in Haughton Park in Alford

The storm that hit the North-east brought down the oldest treet in Alford’s Haughton Park.

The 264-year-old giant silver fir came down on Tuesday evening.

Statistical records show that in 1840 the tree was the oldest on what was then a private estate.

Having survived two world wars and the great gale of 1953, the tree finally succumbed to the hurricane-force winds that hit the park last week.

Local resident Alan Grant sent the Piper this photograph which shows his wife Kathleen standing by the fallen tree.

The couple are regular walkers in the park and were saddened to see the tree had come down.

“This was a real tree, “ said ALan.