The CWGC has opened a new site at Ieper in Belgium, where 49 staff, who make up mobile teams, will be based. The staff look after the horticulture at all the cemeteries and memorials in the Ypres Salient, and they also look after the hard landscaping at most of the Commission's sites in the Northern Europe Area.
The site was opened by the Governor of West Flanders, Mr Carl Decaluwé, and the Commonwealth War Graves Commissioner, Sir Joe French. Sir Joe said getting the mobile teams together on one site would be more efficient, and the project had been brought in on budget and on time.
The Director of the Northern Europe Area of the CWGC, Ian Hussein, said staff had been consulted in the design of the site. It included storage for tools and equipment; showers and changing rooms; and offices for group leaders. One of the key benefits, though, was an expanse of land around the site which would allow for the safe parking and manoeuvring of vehicles.
In this video Ian explains more about the project.