Elements of the Dutch landscape - 2
Therefore Jesus said again, "I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. Anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber!Gates to nowhere - Dutch fences are unnatural. Fences should run for a certain length, they should not be short like this. They should separate spaces and should hide what's behind them. Dutch fences don't work like this. They do not "fence off" anything. They are not meant for humans, they are designed for cattle.
|'s Gravenweg - Nieuwerkerk|
|Schoonhoven - Polsbroek|
- First, there must be tall, mature trees, the older and taller the better.
- Second, the majority of the trees in the park must give the impression of random planting - no rectangles or neat lines, by and large. An avenue here or there is allowed, an allée, but we need the illusion of spontaneous, unplanned growth.
- Third, the ground must undulate in a significant way - flatness is not a park-criterion.
- Fourth, there is the question of scale: you mustn't be able to see all sides of the park at once - one boundary at least must be invisible from wherever you stand.
- Fifth, there must be a gated entrance: a park need not necessarily be fenced or walled but it must have a portal - or several.
 'It's all too beautiful'- William Boyd takes a literary tour of urban oases - William Boyd, The Guardian, Saturday 20 June 2009