An Arboretum like no other…….

Combining the pleasures of a long bike ride with the discovery of unfamiliar corners of this little island of ours, makes for a perfect day. My 85 mile route took me SE of Yarnfield, through Cannock Chase, where I chanced upon the only German military war cemetry in the country

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where more than 4000 German soldiers from both conflicts are buried. I read as I entered “A reminder of all those who died as result of evil tyranny”.
Lichfield Cathedral
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has escaped my attention for years, but what a bonus today! The Chapter House not only displayed a stunningly scripted copy of an 8th century bible written on vellum, but also displayed information on the recently discovered Staffordshire hoard, including 3500 pieces of militaria from Saxon times.

They are still puzzling over the many possible explanations of why so much was found in one place.

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Then an Arboretum designed to remind us of the sacrifices made by our soldiers in the conflicts since WW2 (and the numbers killed are frankly jaw-dropping), but even more alarming are the spaces left vacant for deaths in the future……and it seems they are expecting the killing to continue unabated.

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National Memorial Arboretum

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There is a worrying acceptance here that international conflict is not only to be expected, but is a natural phenomenon that is inherent in the human situation.

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About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on August 24, 2013, in Aspects of Britain, Cycling UK and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Thanks for sharing the photos!

  2. Some sobering thoughts. It is an arboretum well worth visiting obviously. Perhaps on our next visit to the U.K.

  3. I wouldn’t read too much into the empty spaces. A prudent planner of arboretums would plan for the next few decades to be something like the past 4,000 years. Perhaps we will buck the trend and that empty space will remain so indefinitely.

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