The west side of the Haarlemmermeersebos consists of a zone which is determined by the power line followed by different woodlands consisting of poplars. The more than forty-year-old poplar trees are to be replaced and also the power line has to disappear. These developments call for an integrated approach for the west side of the park to create a closed green edge.
The harvest of the poplars will take place over a period of several years, while new sorts of trees will be planted, what will lead to an enrichment of the assortment in this forest. The intent of the adjustments for the Westside consists of the development of a grass- and herb zone, shrub zone and tree zone, in which the current shrub zone under the power line serves as the basis for the bush zone.
First of all the current shrub zone will be thinned out. The resulting areas and the open areas, created by the decommissioning of the power line and masts, are implanted with an assortment of shrubs and some trees. The open places in the forest, caused by the felling of the poplars, will be planted with ‘sustainable’ tree species such as oak, lime trees, elms and wing nut. In the west side remains the current network of trails, consisting of footpath, bridleway and mountain bike route.
At three places a new cross connection is developed so that a link with other trails within the Haarlemmermeersebos is created that allows visitors to multiple short routes.