Thanks Thaddeus, yep the woods are full of unexploded ordnance. However, strangely enough the trenches were surprisingly clear of evidence for it. I have been involved in excavating trenches at Thiepval for the last ten years and the amount of munitions we find is staggering, here; barely a shell splinter!
Really interesting. Been there (but not done that!) about 20 years ago – those photos of the woodland floor are exactly how I remember the woods around Albert I peeked in past the fencing and warning signs. Eerie places, barbed wire and helmets visible in the earth and undergrowth, and for me even more poignant than the cemeteries. I was kinda scared wandering about outside the woods.
When does the program go out, do you know yet? Edit: Ah – just noticed that bit!