Massive police presence at wood felling
Police are on standby as felling of trees begins at Lappersfort Wood in Bruges.3 September 2008
FLANDERS --- There is a massive police presence in Bruges today as the controversial felling of trees begins at Lappersfort Wood.
Mounted police and water canon have been deployed to prevent environmental activists from climbing onto trees and preventing the felling.
The Lappersfort Wood is the subject of controversy and parts of the wood have been occupied by activists in the past. Activists have occupied the woods for 14 months in 2002.
The trees need to be removed for the widening of a road and to allow better access to the local industry zone.
The environmental activists say that the fate of the trees in the Lappersfort Wood is symbolic as trees planted in areas not designated as woodland are under threat across Flanders.
Some 3.5 hectares of woodland will now disappear, but the city of Bruges has promised to plant extra trees elsewhere.
[flandersnews.be / Expatica]