Landschapsbeheer Flevoland

Caring for the greens around you

Landschapsbeheer Flevoland supports the ecological and cultural development of the land we live and work on. The nature on the yards around our workplaces and homes make these areas into more than just the ideal places to live or work in. Think of the word ‘yard’ in the broadest sense of the word, farmyard, gardens, etc. These green spaces around us restore the balance between nature and men.

Mayor eye-catchers in the Flevoland landscape are, without doubt, the large farmyards with their distinctive shelter belts. They are resting points for animals in a wide open and flat landscape and their regular scattering brings measure to the endless space.

Clusters

In the Noordoostpolder (Northern Flevoland) and eastern Flevoland the farmyards are often placed together in clusters of two, three or four farms. The yards in southern Flevoland are usually placed separately. The sizes vary from 0,6 to more than 1 hectare. A cluster of yards will make up a park-like structure sometimes up to 3,5 hectares. This is a suitable habitat for various kinds of small mammals, birds, insects and amphibians.

Shelter belts

Most yards have a shelter belt around the entire perimeter, except on the side of the street. Usually the north and west sides are most pronounced, because here it is supposed to work as a windbreak from the prevailing west winds. It should provide shelter for people, wildlife and buildings. For a shelter belt to work optimally as a windbreak it should consist of a shrub zone and a tree zone. Together they will form a dense row of wood and leafs. The variety of trees and shrubs also provide foods such as nectar, pollen and berries for all kinds of wildlife. The width of the shelter belt depends on the size of the yard, the farm and the kind of farm activity. It can vary from tree up to seven rows.

Advice

Landschapsbeheer Flevoland helps yard owners in the development and conservation of the natural areas of their yards. Together with owners we develop plans for the development and maintenance of the existing vegetation and, in some cases, funds are available to finance the purchase of additional trees and shrubs.