Tree surgeons have been working tirelessly to clear a stretch of road that was completely blocked by branches due to snowfall.

At 3am on Saturday, the emergency team from Direct Enviro Services was called to clear Walderslade Woods Road, Walderslade, Chatham.

On arrival they were met with around 4 inches of snow, abandoned cars lining the road and the dense trees arching across the road under the weight of the downpour.

Work continues to clear Walderslade Woods Road. Picture: Mike Mahoney (6928390)
Work continues to clear Walderslade Woods Road. Picture: Mike Mahoney (6928390)

As the team worked overnight and into the day to clear the road, trees snapped and continued to fall in their path.

Around 200 had piled up completely blocking the road.

Manager of Direct Enviro Services, Will Clarke said: “This is the worst I’ve ever seen, I’ve been doing this job for about 10 years.

Tree surgeon Sam Gray and the team from Direct Enviro Services are still working to clear Walderslade Woods Road (6931298)
Tree surgeon Sam Gray and the team from Direct Enviro Services are still working to clear Walderslade Woods Road (6931298)
“It’s definitely worse than when we had the Beast From the East.

“The tree fall is like the storm of 1987.”

The group went home last night and were back on site at 8am today to clear the remaining debris.

Tree surgeon Sam Gray tackling the fallen trees (6931296)
Tree surgeon Sam Gray tackling the fallen trees (6931296)

Most of the trees were willow and ash and were quite brittle. The weight of the snow and ice increased the pressure on them, causing them to snap.

Thanks to the team’s hard work it is likely the road will be cleared by 3pm today and safe for drivers by Monday morning.

Mr Clarke said: “The boys have been amazing they’ve all worked really hard.

Multiple trucks are on Walderslade Woods Road to shred the debris (6931302)
Multiple trucks are on Walderslade Woods Road to shred the debris (6931302)

“We’ve had so many members of the public popping up and taking videos so we have had to be really careful to make sure everyone is safe.”

Currently Walderslade Woods Road is partially open and the tree surgeons have been controlling traffic as well as clearing the route.

Due to the covering of trees the gritters have not been able to access the road so conditions are still slippery and icy.

Abandoned cars are still stranded on Walderslade Woods Road (6931286)
Abandoned cars are still stranded on Walderslade Woods Road (6931286)

There are still multiple abandoned cars left on the pavement.

Yesterday the Salvation Army helped drivers who were stranded and vulnerable people who were snowed in.

The charity also provided food and hot drinks for the team from Direct Enviro Services.

Work continues to clear Walderslade Woods Road. Picture: Mike Mahoney (6928392)
Work continues to clear Walderslade Woods Road. Picture: Mike Mahoney (6928392)

One tree surgeon said: “It really restores your faith in humanity.

“We even had a group of women who walked up in the cold.

“They were from the local Tesco and they donated food, it was so kind.”

Around 200 trees fell due to the weight of the snowfall (6931290)
Around 200 trees fell due to the weight of the snowfall (6931290)

After the trees are felled and shredded they will be recycled, turned to biomass and used as fuel.