Nearly 200 trees were lost in the borough in the storms of late 2013.

The figure was revealed during questions to the leader of Hillingdon Council and his cabinet in last night's monthly meeting of the full council.

Cabinet member for planning, transportation and recycling, Councillor Keith Burrows, told the meeting that in last autumn's storms – including the now famous St Jude's storm in October – 150 trees were lost and more than 300 damaged. A further 35 were lost in the high winds at Christmas time.

Mr Burrows said the plan was to replace as many as possible in the coming year.

In his assessment of the recent bad weather, and how the council coped, he paid tribute to staff who worked hard to clear debris, unblock drains and ensure watercourses did not flood.

 

"We have not recived any reports of water entering residential properties in the borough," he said.

£60,000 was released from contingency funds to cover the additional costs, such as distributing sandbags to prevent flooding.