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Urgent tree work carried out in Berlin

12 April 2012

137 Birch trees have been removed from Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery in order to ensure the safety of both our staff and the public.

The trees were infected by the Piptoporus Betulinus fungus and two had already fallen down in the last year.

Our staff collaborated with the local authorities in Berlin and a team of specialist tree surgeons to complete a three-week project to remove all the trees and repair and re-level the ground.

All felled wood was shredded and collected by a local factory to be used as an environmentally-friendly means of producing electricity.

Discussions are currently underway to decide upon the most appropriate species to replace the trees with.

 

The cemetery contains 3, 595 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 397 of them unidentified. Almost 80 per cent of those commemorated are airmen who lost their lives in the air raids over Berlin and towns in eastern Germany.

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