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The Great Storm; 30 Years

The National Trust is to host an exhibition at Leith Hill Place to mark the Great Storm of 1987 and the devastation on the surrounding landscape of Leith Hill.

The 30th anniversary of the Great Storm will be marked this autumn by the National Trust at Leith Hill with a photographic exhibition showing the damage caused at this famous Surrey landmark. Leith Hill, one of the highest points of Surrey was devastated by the hurricane-force winds which resulted in the loss of hundreds of trees, many of which were veteran specimens.

As violent as the storm was, no serious damage was sustained to people or buildings at Leith Hill and the effects of the deforestation presented the rangers caring for the hill with some unique opportunities.

Leith Hill comprises some of the most beautiful Surrey countryside – farmland, woodland and heathland, bursting with colour and birdsong throughout the year. Associated with Charles Darwin, the great naturalist, and the artistic and creative Wedgwood family, there are surprising histories at every turn. The top of Leith Hill Tower is proudly known as the highest point in the south east of England with spectacular views north to the high-rise buildings of London and the sparkling sea through Shoreham Gap to the south.

The Great Storm; 30 Years On will be open to visitors on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 6 October until 29 October at Leith Hill Place from 11am until 5pm.

If you have photographs and/or memorabilia that you would like to loan to the National Trust for this exhibition, please email surreyhills@nationaltrust.org.uk

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