Today I had the pleasure of visiting a large estate with a significant mature tree population.
Of all the damage that occurred during a recent Spring storm this mature Oak felt like the greatest loss.
The owner of the trees was disappointed at the loss of such a specimen.
The truth is that this failure could have been predicted and prevented. An inspection by a qualified and experienced Arboriculturalist such as myself would have turned up a number of issues which increases the chance of wind throw. These issues could have been addressed by some basic tree surgery.
In conclusion. If you have trees within your property you should have management of these trees on your list of priorities. Not only from a safety point of view but to preserve our trees for future generations.