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.