Reed Hall footpaths have been closed off after a tree fell victim to Storm Imogen last night.
Many students based to the west of campus in Duryard and Birks Grange accommodation, amongst others, were forced to take an alternative route to campus this morning, after a footpath near the Reed Hall steps and an area along the top footpath were cornered off due to the uprooted tree and other damage to the gardens.
Routes will be reopened once these areas are made safe. In the meantime, the University asks that students “take note of diversions in place for [their] own safety” and report any concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Based in the Italianate mansion’s 19th century gardens, a number of students have since expressed their “sadness” upon seeing the toppled tree, which may be over a century old.
This news comes after an amber alert was issued across the UK, with further strong winds and heavy rain expected across the country.
The effects of Storm Imogen have already been felt across Devon, with several trees toppled, roads flooded and thousands of properties left without electricity due to fallen power lines.
For more information on what to do in severe weather, please see the Met Office website.