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Last Updated: Sunday, 28 August 2005, 11:40 GMT 12:40 UK
Swedes wowed by huge pile of logs
By Malcolm Brabant
Byholma, Sweden

Pile of tree trunks at Byholma
Swedes are flocking to the site despite bleak weather
The people of Sweden have been flocking in their tens of thousands this summer to a surprise tourist attraction.

It is the world's biggest pile of tree trunks, brought down earlier this year by a freak hurricane.

The tree trunks are piled 13 metres high, in six rows, stretching for two kilometres at a disused airfield in Byholma, southern Sweden.

Lorries haul timber around-the-clock - and more than 2,000 tourists a day come to watch the giant cranes in action.

Tourists stand soaked to the skin in the mud, riveted by the sight.

Soon the disused runway will be full and the timber will sit here for two years before, no doubt, being turned into self-assembly furniture. And that is when the fun stops.


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Country profile: Sweden
10 Aug 05 |  Country profiles


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