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City buys 4 hectares of green space in Laar: "provides a green connection between Hoekakker and Fort van Merksem" (Ekeren)

City buys 4 hectares of green space in Laar: “provides a green connection between Hoekakker and Fort van Merksem” (Ekeren)

Het Laar is located between the green space of Hoekakker (in the background) and the Oude Landen and the plain of the fortress in Merksem. In the distance on the right you see the old Sint Lucas clinic. © Robin Vasseur

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The city council has purchased Laar in Ekeren-Donk. Het Laar covers an area of ​​four hectares and will be further developed into a natural recreational green area. “The unique green character of this heritage-value landscape is now fully preserved,” says District Mayor Quinn Palinex (N-VA).

Gerardus Stynenlaan separates the Purchased Laar (right) and Hoekakker.

Gerardus Stynenlaan separates the Purchased Laar (right) and Hoekakker. © Robin Vasseur

With the green plan, the city also wants to focus on the recreational experience and environmental sustainability in this area. Het Laar is located between the greenery of Hoekakker and Oude Landen and the castle plain of Merksem. This makes it a valuable link between these domains for both human and animal. It is literally a connected field in a lowland landscape.

Historic value

Buying Laar is not only good news in terms of general accessibility for cyclists and pedestrians, but also in terms of the environment, historical value and landscape of the area. “The old Laarhof land purchase procedure took years, but with this purchase real progress has now been made,” says Palinckx.

“By purchasing the site, we can protect the site from buildings and thus retain the water’s buffering function,” says Aldermann Els van Doesburg (N-VA), who is responsible for Green, among other things. “We will restore wooded Laar one day to its former glory. By the end of 2023, one hectare of the area will be reforested.” The site also has an important function as a flood zone. The area borders Laarse beek and is therefore prone to flooding.

Het Laar is part of the “Laagland” landscape in the citywide green scheme. The area was once full of trees, but it gradually turned into an agricultural area with a few farms. However, from the 19th century onwards, the area became forested again, so that today valuable ancient forest parts can be found at the site. (in other words)

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