‘There was an almighty crash’ - garden fences flattened as Stevenage tree trunk splits

The scene after the oak trunk split in Rowland Road. Photo: Rob McTait

The scene after the oak trunk split in Rowland Road. Photo: Rob McTait - Credit: Archant

At least two garden fences were flattened in Stevenage last night when the trunk of a huge oak tree split, sending branches crashing down into three gardens.

The scene after the oak trunk split in Rowland Road. Photo: Rob McTait

The scene after the oak trunk split in Rowland Road. Photo: Rob McTait - Credit: Archant

Rob McTait, who lives in a neighbouring house on Rowland Road, was watching television when he heard an ‘almighty crash’ from outside.

“It was about 10pm and my wife and I heard this roaring noise,” said Rob.

“It really made me jump. I had a look out and I couldn’t see anything, but I did hear voices from the garden next to mine.

The scene after the oak trunk split in Rowland Road. Photo: Rob McTait

The scene after the oak trunk split in Rowland Road. Photo: Rob McTait - Credit: Archant

“In the morning I could see from my window that a bough with three big branches had come crashing down across the three gardens – it’s about halfway down the garden and it’s flattened two side fences.

“It’s also gone across one of the sheds, but fortunately it’s a concrete shed so it doesn’t look like there’s much damage.

“I don’t think anyone was injured, luckily.”

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The incident comes after a massive tree came down in Stevenage Old Town on Monday last week. On that occasion also nobody was hurt.