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Second branch falls at Lijssenthoek

06 July 2012

Another large branch has fallen from a tree at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery in Belgium. This time the branch fell from one of the Great Cedar trees at the cemetery.

 Tree specialists from our Northern Europe Area office in Ieper have visited the site to work out how much of the cemetery needs to be closed. A decision will be made soon on whether the tree will have to be removed.

 This is the second such incident at Lijssenthoek, after a branch fell from an American Sweetgum tree last month, damaging a gravestone.

 During the First World War, the village of Lijssenthoek was situated on the main communication line between the Allied military bases in the rear and the Ypres battlefields. Close to the Front, but out of the extreme range of most German field artillery, it became a natural place to establish casualty clearing stations. Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery is the second largest CWGC cemtery in Belgium, after Tyne Cot Military Cemetery.