North Holland – The line dikes that belong to the Defense Line of Amsterdam will be restored over the years and become more recognizable. Owners and managers of the 10 line dikes will work on, among other things, repairing the dikes, planting, markings and making walking and cycling routes more visible.
Culture Deputy, Zita Pels: “The province of Noord-Holland is the location holder for the Defense Line of Amsterdam and is responsible for the conservation and protection of the World Heritage. Over the past 20 years, the province has expanded its destination by more than 30 million euros and named the forts of the Stelling. The will continue to do so, but also wants to look at the scenic, recreational and educational value of the province to become even stronger.”
Line dikes are specific parts of the main defense line of the Defense Line of Amsterdam. These dikes were specially constructed to stop inundation water and men with weapons could position themselves behind the dike. The dikes consist of a coherent system of, among other things, ditches, dike bodies and vegetation.
Research and implementation program
The province has commissioned an investigation into the condition of the line dikes. To make these sub-dikes more perceptible and visible in the landscape. They do this, for example, by (partially) restoring the profile of the line dike, (partially) restoring the ditch-embankment-covered road unit, applying markings at crossings of start and end points, making walking paths visible. and bicycle routes along the line dike and the installation of information panels.
The parties have a implementation program for the period 2021-2025 drawn up.
Collaborating parties: Province of North Holland, Municipality of Aalsmeer, Municipality of Beverwijk, Municipality of Haarlemmermeer, Municipality of Uithoorn, Water Board Hollands Noorderkwartier, Landscape North Holland, Natuurmonumenten, Recreational Board Spaarnwoude, Waternet.