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Wood you believe it?


Trees in The Netherlands are important and special.

To cut down a tree you need a permit. If you don’t get one then the council will be round and you will likely be fined.

But trees in The Netherlands are strange.

The thing is this country is well known for its wind!


or at least for its windmills.

It’s also very flat indeed.


The Dutch have of course been ingenious about the wind. They use trees to create natural barriers.

And if you look carefully you’ll see they are all planted in straight lines.

Curiously there seem to be virtually no trees here that are genuinely wild. If you look carefully at a coppice and move along it you’ll see all the trunks line up in diagonals. Often in two directions. It’s a bit weird.

But one thing I love about the trees here is this:

It may not be apparent initially.

But check out the photo.


If you look at the steer sign is this image you’ll see that the trees aren’t straight. The entire row of trunks is at an angle. This is common. And I think it’s gorgeous. Like a crazy piece of art!

Or maybe the trees are trying to have a bit of say in how they grow themselves.

Either way it does suggest that the wind here lives up to its reputation!


17 comments on “Wood you believe it?

  1. My boyfriend works for the Swan River Trust in Perth, and they look after the river and the foreshore. When people illegally chop down trees (so their mansions get better views of the water) the Trust erect signs the same height as the tree in their place, saying “the tree that was here was destroyed by an act of vandalism and this sign will remain until the replacement trees have grown to this height” or something along those lines. So rather than looking at the river they have to look at an ugly sign. I love it!


  2. lindaswildlifegarden
    July 14, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Awesome post thank you for sharing have a blessed day


  3. truckerturningwrite
    July 14, 2014

    Very informative. The Dutch have to be the most forward thinking people on the planet.


    • lizard100
      July 14, 2014

      They definitely are when it comes to urban planning and it’s many aspects: transport, water management etc


  4. quarteracrelifestyle
    July 14, 2014

    I think they are gorgeous too πŸ™‚ It looks a beautiful country.


  5. Rambling Woods
    July 16, 2014

    So…. I really need to move your way


  6. corine24
    July 16, 2014

    I am Dutch and I never looked at this that way. πŸ™‚


    • lizard100
      July 16, 2014

      That’s a great comment. I live the trees here : )


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