Rīga's Great Cemetery temporarily closed due to falling trees and branches

Twenty-five trees have been toppled or broken down in the storm of October 8 and 9 at the Great Cemetery in Rīga. Experts have concluded that 12 trees are dangerous and about 50 more need assessment, so the Great Cemetery is temporarily closed for visitors, the territory manager Rīga Forests Ltd said October 13.

An expert assessment of Great Cemetery trees concluded that in the historic area, out of the 2,500 or so trees surveyed after the storm, 12 trees are dangerous and sawn off for safety purposes, while about 50 trees need to be further assessed. It is possible that any of these can be rescued, as expressed during the meeting between responsible organizations and the public on October 12 .

Tidying up of hazardous trees will take place gradually – first, they will be sawn along the edges of walkways and car parks, where trees can potentially endanger visitors to the area as well as property.

For security reasons, the Great Cemetery area has been temporarily closed to visitors from Sunday October 8 as trees and their broken branches continue to break and fall to the ground. 

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