The moment a willow tree came crashing down on a boat on the River Nene near the centre of March

River Nene tree damage

River Nene tree damage - Credit: Archant

Trees have fallen on a boat on the River Nene, March – causing extensive damage but luckily the occupants were unhurt.

River Nene tree damage

River Nene tree damage - Credit: Archant

Cambs Times reader Pauline Robertson – who took these dramatic shots- said: “I feel very sorry for the owners of the boat.

“We ‘river bank dwellers’ love our willow trees but there is a stark reminder that beauty often comes at a cost.”

The accident happened on Wednesday morning but it could be Sunday before a crane is brought in to remove the trees.

Councillor Robert Skoulding said there was a problem over access but he hoped this would be sorted in time for Sunday with access probably via Gaul Road.

River Nene tree damage

River Nene tree damage - Credit: Archant


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Town mayor Kit Owen said on a local community Facebook page: “This is in private ownership. Inquiries on this particular tree have in the past resulted in reluctance by the tree officer to enable much at all.

“This matter will be dealt with this coming Sunday and appropriate clearance along the river will be maintained.”

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One other resident posted to Facebook: “So glad we had our trees lopped as we almost suffered the same fate.

“Thankfully we saw the broken bough and moved our boat in time.”

* If you saw the tree fall or are the owners of the boat please call editor John Elworthy on 01354 661915

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