Gelderland is becoming quieter
In search of some peace and quiet? Take heart, here in Wageningen you are
in the right province of the Netherlands. Gelderland has earmarked a
substantial number of new ‘silence areas’. By selecting areas near towns,
and where there are good cycling and walking paths, the province is
following the advice of Alterra researcher Martin Goossen.
The areas earmarked in the draft Gelders Milieuplan are located near
Nijmegen, Zutphen, between Arnhem and Apeldoorn, Arnhem and Ede and near
Winterswijk in the Achterhoek. This constitutes a considerable increase, as
at present there are only a few silence areas in the Veluwe.
Goossen carried out a study of day trippers’ experience of quietness at the
request of the Province of Gelderland. His main conclusion was that the
silence areas should not be placed deep in inaccessible areas of nature,
but near to paths in areas close to towns. That way more nature lovers will
be able to enjoy the quiet. Henk Willems of the Province adds: “We want to
make these areas accessible, without them becoming overrun.