April 10, 2021

Pine needles

Blown-off bunches of pine needles as far as we can see. Right at the beginning of our walk today. We don’t have to think long and immediately started collecting. Last year I was lucky enough to work during a coiling course given by Linda Welgraven at Siegurd.nl. So this is going to give us a very nice activity and a nice souvenir to this holiday.

Again, we pay close attention not to take everything we see with us as a bunch of locusts. Enough to make a nice basket. But also leave enough to let all other visitors and residents enjoy themselves.

This walk starts right behind the so-called Nature Barn near Lies and takes us through the woods and along the dunes and heaths of Terschelling. A nice side effect of this island is that, apart from a few areas, it is a large walking area.

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In addition to all the pine needles we find here, we also come across the thickest pine tree of the Formerumerbos. This large Corsican pine has a circumference of about 250cm. Because this is an experimental piece of forest, we also come across beeches and oaks on the wetter parts. Along the paths there are even ornamental conifers such as sham cypresses (Chameacyparis).

We also come across one of the many peat dôbes of the island. This is a long, dug, pit in which bulbousturves were watered which were then laid at the roots of young pines in the dry dune. Bolsterturf wàs peat, peat inserted from the upper peat layer.

ON the last part of this pine needle walk we come across “de Hoekjes”. The corners are also a kind of test gardens where experiments were conducted with all kinds of trees and plants. You will still find the Hemlock fir and ornamental conifers such as the Chamaecyparis and Thulja. Often exactly in the rows in which they were planted at the time. These test surfaces were called the corners by the workers, who provided the plantings.