Bellewaerde Ridge is Flanders' first protected battlefield

The Flemish government has unveiled plans to slap a protection order on its first battlefield.  If all goes according to plan Bellewaerde Ridge, a scene of intense fighting during the Great War, will be listed soon.

The site will henceforth enjoy protection as an archaeological site.  The Ridge adjoins the Bellewaerde amusement park in southern West Flanders.  It contains a wealth of well-preserved bomb craters, trenches and dugouts.  The meadow and forest land have not been cultivated since the conflict and everything remains intact.

The battlefield is open to visitors, who can make use of a handy app that provides information about battlefields in the area.