Small scale farming is gone, yet we need to return to it. | translated from ZLND.nu

“So we take care of the plants, trees, shrubs and we also give excursions about them, of course.” Lambert van Tiel talks enthusiastically about his activities at Heemkunde (local history club) and the Heemtuin (local history garden) in particular. He also shares why he attaches such importance to this: “Because that is what it is about, that people finally realize how much they have ruined nature. We have been very active at the IVN  since the 1960s. That is the Institute for Nature Conservation to educate people about the importance of nature, because that is extremely important.

That is now being discussed, also in the newspapers and everywhere. We actually kind of saw that coming at the time. The land consolidation in the past in the Netherlands has been very good economically, but bad for nature. All the small scale farming has been lost, they all had to get bigger and bigger. Of course, this did not happen consciously, but it did creep in unconsciously. And now everything has to go back.

So we got straight locks again. These all need to be meandered again, because the water is leaving our land much too quickly. So everything is slowly changing. Especially the climate. We have now (2021) already had three or four very dry years and now we have a ‘normal’ summer, which we also had in the past. And now it is said: look, this is a change in nature, everything is drowning.

That’s not the case, absolutely not. No, we certainly had just as much water as before. We have set the (hive) garden as an example of how to preserve nature, especially the old varieties of the past. In a sense, it has succeeded so far that a lot of people have become interested in it. Not only for the old varieties but also for the insects, for the birds and so on, everything that has to do with it of course.”

Postscript about the Heemtuin: Near the Heemhuis, the local history circle has a beautiful local garden, which is freely accessible to everyone all year round. It contains many different plants and special trees that are no longer seen elsewhere. The working group puts a lot of work and care into the maintenance of this garden. Very interesting guided tours can be given for groups on request. The working group consists of several people who come to work in the garden twice a week for an afternoon. Interested in helping? Contact Pieter Hermens

The video below is in Dutch.