News - September 22, 2016

Seven listed trees on campus

Roelof Kleis

The stand of trees at the entrance to Radix Klima is officially listed as of historical significance. The trees are on the recently drawn-up municipal list of historic trees on private land. They include four pedunculated oaks, a weeping beech, a copper beech and a silver lime, or linden. Being on the list means the trees will enjoy extra protection from now on. They may only be felled if there are serious safety considerations or other weighty circumstances.

There are 119 trees on the municipality’s list. Almost one quarter of them line the Generaal Foulkesweg. A tree does not easily qualify for this historic status. To do so it has to be at least 80 years old, be the picture of health and be set to last at least another ten years. No one knows exactly how old the trees on the campus are. Two years ago a list was drawn up of 75 trees of historical value on public land. There is also a separate list of historic trees in the Belmonte Arboretum. A similar list for the smaller Dreijen Arboretum has yet to be drawn up.