Letter: Memorial site looks unkempt

The war memorial to 158 Squadron at RAF Lissett
The war memorial to 158 Squadron at RAF Lissett

After recently passing the Lissett Airfield Memorial, I was very disappointed at the way it looks.

Wartime memorials are normally kept spick and span, and the councils and public are very proud to keep them that way.

Lissett Airfield Memorial looks unkempt and as though it is disappearing into the rest of the untidy and uncut grass verge.

It certainly did not look like this when it was first erected, and I doubt very much the original intention was to allow the site to revert back to nature.

I know there is a glass fronted frame telling visitors it looks that way because the site has been planted with wild flowers, and the looks alter with the seasons, but I can’t help wondering if it is an excuse not to have to maintain the area.

One sentence in the frame reads “Meadow grass has been chosen because it is very low maintenance and is only cut once a year, in late September after seed dispersal”.

I do not know who is responsible for the upkeep of the site, but I am confident that if maintenance was a problem, there would be no shortage of volunteers willing to keep this wonderful memorial to the bravery and sacrifice of the young aircrews, in a tip top and fitting condition.

Keith Walton

Station Road

Burton Agnes