"Fluke" that more people were not killed at Kew Gardens

An inquest into the death of a woman from a falling tree branch at Kew Gardens has been told it was a "fluke" that more people did not die in the same manner.

Erena Wilson, a 31 year old account executive, died while walking in the gardens with friends last year.

She was hit by a cedar branch that fell from a tree during bad weather.

John McLinden QC, counsel for Miss Wilson's family, told the inquest at West London Coroner's Court: "It was just a fluke that there was not more than one fatality or that other people did not suffer very serious injury."

He said that in the past Kew has taken steps to protect the public from falling branches, such as putting up warnings and cordoning off areas, but "these steps seem to have fallen away, for reasons that the family do not know".

The inquest continues.