Rejuvenation of north-western forest edge of ‘Haarlemmermeersebos’, Hoofddorp


In the past month, the 2nd phase of the rejuvenation of the edge of the Haarlemmermeer forest was carried out. Old poplars trees were removed by a crane to create space for young trees. Removing them with a crane means that the trees are removed 1 by 1 from the existing forest. This method prevents large-scale clearing and maintains the existing valuable ‘lower’ plants. Due to more light, this planting will develop further and more strongly in the coming year. The effect to the northwestern edge is reduced to a minimum. Young trees of more sustainable tree species are also being replanted, increasing the biodiversity of the edge of the forest and giving more allure for the future.

The former zone of the high-voltage line along the edge of the forest was replanted in the spring of 2020. Several open spaces, created by the removal of the high-voltage line, have been replanted with a richly varied range of shrubs and have developed well in the past season. Despite the dry summer, there is little failure. The aim for this zone is a spatial structure in which a natural forest edge is created with a diverse vegetation. Within the zone, alternating heights have been made to increase the developments of various natural herbaceous species.