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September 4, 2017

A Nature Trail In The Most Unlikely Place…

Filed under: GOUDA,PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

It’s interesting to see the various walking tours that cities make for it’s citizens and visitors.

I of course delight in finding sculpture, art, architecture and the like, but this next walking tour I discovered in Gouda literally goes back to nature.

This is a tour of the cities trees.

Here in Gouda’s “Tuin van het Willem Vroesenhuys” (Garden of the Willem Vroesenuys) I find for the first time, a marker for a nature trail.

Run by the “Bomen Stichting” (Tree Foundation) this one is marked as “No.11.”, and there is an information plaque in Dutch that when translated reads: “Beuk’ (Beech) The Beech is one of our giant trees.

In our country it can grow up to 43 metres and turn 150 to 250 years old. The biggest beech tree in the Netherlands is in Westerblokker, minisiplaity Hoorn, with a diameter of 7.5 metres. Beech trees are relatively common but it is not an easy tree to grow. It is sensitive to fluctuations in groundwater levels, compaction of the soil, wind and sun. Beech trees can handle shade and are not prone to diseases or plagues. Beech Nuts: Beech nuts are the favourite food of, amongst others great Tits , mice, squirrels, and wild boar. Uneaten nuts germinate in Spring. People can eat roasted beech nuts. If you add sugar you can bake “kletskoppen” (Traditional Dutch biscuit / cookie).‘ I think it’s a fabulous idea to label trees this way, I must surely not be the only person who could barely distinguish one tree from another. It’s a wonderful way to combine a nature walk and information trail, all without even leaving the city center.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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