On the night of Thursday 15 October 1987, one of the most powerful storms in recent memory blew through the UK, causing thousands of dollars worth of damaged. The English landscape was forever altered and the forests that had dotted the English countryside had been decimated. Now, 25 years later, scientists say that it was a blessing in disguise. At that time forest were rapidly losing biodiversity because of the increasing size of the forests’ canopies which were blocking most light from reaching the forest floor. Current forests now have more sparse canopies thanks to the storm’s uprooting of thousands of trees all across the island and, in turn, much better biodiversity.
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