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Cannock Chase Forest closed tomorrow after Storm Dennis warnings

By Jordan Reynolds | Cannock Chase | News | Published:

Cannock Tree Forest is set to close tomorrow as Storm Dennis sparks more wind and rain warnings.

Forestry England hopes the forest will be able to reopen on Sunday once safety checks have been carried out, but Birches Valley junior parkrun has been cancelled.

The news comes after the Follow the Dog and Monkey mountain biking trails were damaged in the wake of Storm Ciara and closed on Monday while the fallen trees and debris are cleared.

A spokesman for Forestry England said: "Cannock Chase Forest will be closed on Saturday 15 February due to predicted storm conditions.

"We're planning to re-open on Sunday morning once safety checks have been completed.

"Birches Valley junior parkrun is unfortunately cancelled this week. Our red route cycle trails remain closed."

The fourth named storm of the 2019-20 season, Dennis, is set to bring a second consecutive weekend of wet and windy weather after Ciara struck the UK with winds of up to 97mph.

Gusts of 50mph are expected, with more than 60mph possible over hills, coastal areas and exposed locations, the Met Office said.

Predicted heavy rain could also run the risk of further flooding, with 43 warnings still in place in England, six in Scotland and one in Wales following recent heavy rainfall.

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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