Leipzig Plantation

 

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Just outside the town to the north is the Victorian Leipzig Plantation from where you 

 can look over the town. It comprises mostly of beech trees and covers an area of approximately 4.5 hectares. The plantation has public access for woodland walks and is also used by youth and community groups with permission for camping and exercises

The area is believed to be named after the Battle of Leipzig – 1813, which was one of the most crucial battles of the Napoleonic Wars and has become known as the Battle of Nations because of its size and the sheer numbers of troops that took part. The army of France was set to take on those of Sweden, Russia, Austria and Prussia - in all some 200,000 Frenchmen and allies, against almost 400,000 enemy troops.

 

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