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Climate Change: an experiment



Les Moeres Communal Cemetery - 13 km east of Dunkerque - part dry landscaped

Oye-Plage Communal Cemetery - 14 km east of Calais - drought tolerant turf used



Oostduinkerke Communal Cemetery - located midway between Nieuwpoort (6 kms) and Koksijde (3 kms) on the N369 - drought tolerant turf used

Railway Chateau Cemetery - 2km west of Ieper - drought tolerant turf used

The cemetery at Les Moeres in France has been part dry landscaped - one section of turf has been removed and gravel laid.  The other cemeteries have had a more drought tolerant grass laid to adapt to drier conditions. Borders in all four cemeteries will be planted in the traditional way with plants selected for their ability to withstand periods of drought.

How long will the changes remain?


One of the primary aims of the climate change demonstrations has been to get feedback from the  public on each of the four cemeteries and the different approaches taken.

The first review took place after 12 months when more than 250 comments had been received about the cemeteries. You can read more about that and some of the changes made as a result of that feedback here.

The demonstrations will run for another four years and we will continue to monitor and update you on the outcomes.

Have your say


One of the main reasons why the Commission has made these changes in northern Europe is to get your views.

Let us know your thoughts on the four demonstration cemeteries and more generally on how climate change may affect the Commission by emailing us at .