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De Groote Heide is home to many different species of trees. This diversity originated in the 1930s when artifical fertilizers became readily available. As a consequence, sheep manure, and thus sheep, were no longer needed and the heath was no longer grazed. This resulted in more space for other vegetation, including trees. At the same time there was also a great need for wood, which led to afforestation of large areas of heathlands in the 1930s. One example of this is the Leenderbos. From the 1970s the importance of the forest as an area of wood production started to decrease and it also became a place of nature and recreation.


(Photo by Janneke de Groot, Dutch Forestry Commission Ranger)

The Leenderbos, Groote Heide and De Plateaux are designated Natura 2000 areas. Natura 2000 areas are part of a European network of protected natural areas. Design plans for these areas are required to protect them and prevent deterioration.


(Photo by Janneke de Groot, Dutch Forestry Commission Ranger)

Such a plan has therefore also been made for the Leenderbos. One example are measures for more heathland to return and the creation of corridors for animals to easily move from area to area. Once the design plan is ready, we expect of course many more pictures like this.

The Groote Heide offers a wide variety of tree species. Let us look at some of them more closely.



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