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Local landscape planning in an urbanised countryside –

an example from the Green Heart of Holland.
Bas Pedroli & Rob Schröder
Alterra Wageningen UR

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The Green Heart of Holland
National Landscape “Het Groene Hart”
“De Randstad”, metropolitan area of 7 million inhabitants
Netherlands
• One, large
riverdelta of
Rhine, Meuse and
Scheldt
• Today large parts
below sea level,
including the
Green Heart

Midden-Delfland
• Municipality 10,000 inhabitants
• 6,500 ha
• 1.5 million visitors/year

Landscape Development Plan (LOP) 2025
1600 1700 1850 1900 1950 2000
1.
Agricultural Identity







2.
Openness/ wide views
3.
Robust water system
4.
Robust ecological values
5.
Close relationship with surrounding cities
6.
(cultural) History
1. Vital multi usable agricultural area
• Room to develop as 100% farmer: Up-scale
• Allow for different uses, uses that fit within the landscape
• Attention for the city-people: create an urban–agriculture partnership to maintain the
landscape. To keep the cows grazing (“koe in de wei”) will always cost money!
Economic aspect for farmers:
2. Keep long & valuable views within the landscape
Polder approach

Qualities per polder
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Per polder: analysis of spatial quality
Per polder: Development Direction
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Per polder: images
Polderbenadering

Sketch
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Polder approach

LOP Midden-Delfland 2025
Midden-Delfland
Sustainable landscape planning

do it together!