It started as a ‘soft’ rule in the ‘Handboek Wegontwerp ‘ which was published by the knowledge platform CROW, which stated that a tree. 49, 1–23 () A Simple Cellular Automaton Model with Limited Braking Rule Thorsten. CROW, Handboek wegontwerp wegen buiten de bebouwde kom. Debie & Verkuijl tuin- en parkrestauratie (Ed.) (). Lanen met CROW (Publ. ) (). Handboek Wegontwerp Ede: CROW. Horsten, F.H. ().
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During the last six month, the discussion on the cutting off trees next to Dutch N-roads, provincial roads, was intensified. It was argumented that these roads and especially the trees next to it are leading to more injuries and deaths by car accidents.
But this fear is not over yet!
No doubt that every death or traffic injury is one to many and this should be prevented. Traffic safety is of great importance to us all. But the question rises if downing rows wegkntwerp trees, even or years old trees, is the solution?
Of course, it is very pitiful when a car loses control and crashes against a tree.
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But what would be the consequences if, because all trees in the middle of the road parkway were cut off, a troubled car is ending up at the other side of the road facing the oncoming wegonywerp What would happen if a group of biking youngsters on the biking lane next to the road would be driven over because of the lack of a row of trees to safeguard them?
Is it not the displacement of another problem? Is the basis of the traffic problems this long row of beautiful trees or do we need to take a closer look at specific, dangerous spots? And is the tree, which is standing on the same spot in all cases the most guilty party or do other factors, not at the least the way people drive, play a much more decisive role?
Traffic safety is one of the users arguments. But there are many more arguments not to wegontaerp off trees, which should be taken into account every time when is decided if a tree should be cut off or not. First and foremost, trees play a crucial role in the ecology and environmental issues of an area.
Trees contribute of course in the production of oxygen trees are most effective when they are a little olderare cooling the air in the summer and reduce wind and storms wegonrwerp make people more relaxed.
Next to this, trees are housing birds, bats and other animals and smaller plants.
landscape identity – LA TU Delft
We need all the help —however small- to make it to our climate goal targets and every tree is helping. Trees are contributing to the regional landscape identity and cultural history of the place and this should be an argument in the discussion as well.
Because trees, individually planted or in hadnboek, which we call avenues or alleys, are part of the history of our cultural landscapes.
They play an essential role in the character and identity and branding of a specific area. Many people are thinking now, so what?
But landscapes with incensed avenues and forests, like on the handnoek of the Veluwe, are being appreciated higher than open, flat landscapes with few trees by tourists, visitors and owners. And happy tourists and visitors are drinking more coffee and tea, staying overnight and shop and therefore, contribute to local economy.
And the beauty is not only in the presence, but also wgeontwerp its size, which cannot be restored easily and quickly. When a part of the city is restored, like Utrecht is doing, the process will take years. If an old tree needs to be replaced with another rather big one, it takes much more effort to do wegontwrp. In the Netherlands there is a saying; Tree big, planter dead!
Boom groot, plantertje dood! Meanwhile, many trees and avenues have lost so much quality already.
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Recent research at the chair of Landscape Architecture at Delft University of Technology shows figures on the avenues in the Renkum community, a municipality on the boarders of the Veluwe. Over the past years the presence of avenues diminished heavily. The quality of these avenues has diminished even further.
These are just a few numbers of what has happened, but you can already imagine how the appearance and quality of this area has been altered by the loss of the previously present avenues.
So, trees cannot drive cars, but people can. Verschuure-Stuip will be published soon. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.
Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Climate changeHeritage landscapeLandscape experience. Middagterallee in Dieren G. Verschuure-Stuip, During the last six month, the discussion on the cutting off trees next to Dutch N-roads, provincial roads, was intensified.
Cutting Trees a Solution? The beauty of a avenue flanked with trees. Fonteinenallee in Renkum G. Verschuure-Stuip, Ecology and Environmental Issues Traffic safety is one of the users arguments.
Identity and Cultural History Trees are contributing to the regional landscape identity and cultural history of the place and this should be an argument in the discussion as well. Lost Beauty Meanwhile, many trees and avenues have lost so much quality already. More readings and links: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email required Address never made public.