A New Zealander is thought to have been killed by a falling branch at Kew Gardens yesterday afternoon.
The woman, 30, was walking through the park during London’s wet and wild weather.
A witness told The Daily Mail they heard a sound like “three or four gunshots” and when he turned around, he saw the woman lying face down with with a large branch beside her.
The victim’s name has not been released, but she is believed to be from New Zealand.
The witness, Gary Baker, told the Mail the branch came crashing down from a 60ft tree along the footpath leading to the Orangery restaurant in the botanic gardens.
“There was a bang and I jumped around at what sounded like three or four gunshots,” he said. “I looked and could see what remained of the branch.
“I didn’t see it hit the woman but it was quite clear she was badly hurt. Someone shouted, “call an ambulance” as she lay face down on the ground.
“The branch was extremely large. It was 12 inches thick at least. It was near her but not on top of her.
“I helped another man to turn her over, on the instructions of the 999 operator, to give her heart massage … Paramedics arrived but they could not save her.”
A spokesman for the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew said: “We can confirm a tragic accident at Kew Gardens this afternoon when a falling tree branch resulted in a fatality.
“We are currently working with police and next of kin are being informed.
“We cannot comment further at this stage but our deepest sympathy is with family and friends.’