Farms across the country have been battered from last week’s storm with gusts of up to 170km/h recorded. The high winds have changed the landscape of many farm yards – tearing down century-old trees that once stood proudly.

These fallen trees may be a shocking sight but the state in which thousands of standing trees have been left is far more worrying. John Nolan, from Parklawn Tree Services, spent last week in the south of the country in areas hit badly with the storm.