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Fire damage at Massicault War Cemetery

20 August 2012

Farmers in the north Tunisia have been carrying out "burning off" operations to remove wheat stubble, making the task of preparing their fields for ploughing easier when the first rains of Autumn arrive in September.

Unfortunately due to high winds, these fires have resulted in extensive damage to olive tree plantations and roadside vegetation.

Damage was caused to trees and hedges at Massicault War Cemetery when a fire fanned by strong winds burnt through the agricultural fields surrounding the cemetery.

As a result 280 metres of established Pittosporum tobira hedge was burnt (approximately 560 plants) together with 35 established Acacias. Climbing plants (Bougainvillea) on the pergola feature were also affected.

Our staff are currently assessing the best way to deal with the damage.