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Examples of cultural heritage landscape

  • Old roads elevated in the landscape (dikes).
  • Winding ditches as remnants of the course of an ancient gully.
  • Ditches around a historic farmhouse.
  • Old agricultural allotment ditches.
  • Duck decoys.


Check the environment plan

A environment plan states whether a ditch, watercourse, road or area is culturally valuable. This can be indicated in several ways. There may be a ‘double destination – Cultural History Value’. Or the rules for a destination state that the landscape is protected, or there is an ‘area of ​​operation’ with which the landscape is protected. In these situations you are not allowed to change the landscape. In some cases, an exception is made. Apply for an environment permit.

Water permit

In many cases, you will need a water permit. Contact Wetterskip Fryslân.

Protected animal and plant species

Are protected animal and plant species present? If so, you may have to comply with the Nature Protection Act. Contact the Province of Friesland.

Landscape biography

On the Landscape Biography website, you can read stories and find maps and images about the origins of our landscape. Our landscape is the result of centuries of formation. It has changed through the ice age, erosion, peat extraction and because of the area’s inhabitants.

For whom?

Landscape biography is there for everyone. From nature lovers, residents, farmers, nature managers, to designers and policy makers.

You can use the landscape biography to find out more about Leeuwarden’s landscape. For drafting all kinds of plans such as area plans, redevelopment plans, recreational routes and village visions.


The amounts are given in the Rates table General Levy Regulations.

Laws and regulations

The following laws can be found on the website Overheid.nl (national):

  • Environment and Planning Act

The following regulations can be found on the website Overheid.nl (local):

  • Heritage Ordinance City of Leeuwarden