As predicted the wood has arrived two days ahead of schedule thanks to the overnight South Westerly winds. Ramsgate beach does appear to have "this ring of steel guarding the wood" this morning. Considering that the flow of wood is moving Northwards it is easier to access is further along the coast past Broadstiars at the most Northerely tip of the flow as demonstrated from the picture above. Some wood is still in bales , there does appear to be at lot of six metre lengths and the condition is excellent , most of the dimension is 25mm by 100m. There are larger sizes and it is all planking. People are starting to take it but only one or two pieces probably for souvenirs and that tends to be the broken pieces as the wood is heavy and water logged. From where I was nobody was taking anything in large quantities probably because of the Coastguard plane flying above as pictured, mind you once darkness falls I expect they will all be out there.
It now appears the Police are letting people onto the beaches and people are now removing the wood. Meridian news 18:00hrs.