Great Storm? It was bril­liant

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Your View -

I can’t tell you how de­lighted I was at see­ing your fea­ture on the 30th an­niver­sary of the great storm last month.

My wife and I spent many a happy year vol­un­teer­ing for the Na­tional Trust when we used to live in Sus­sex – in fact that’s how we met, in 1990 not long af­ter the storm.

Slin­don will al­ways be one of the best sites to work on, as the war­dens are great. The scenery is stun­ning and it is a lovely feel­ing know­ing our hard work over the years has been worth­while.

It was hard work at times clear­ing away the dam­age, which was still around years later, but ul­ti­mately it was very re­ward­ing look­ing back at the great work that we had all ac­com­plished.

The other things that helped were the bon­fires, ket­tle heat­ing on the fire and the oc­ca­sional jacket potato – cooked in the em­bers.

This was a happy time for us, meet­ing life­long friends, and learn­ing skills that I was able to use in my paid work. Ian Stephens, Email

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