I can’t remember quite how Phil and I got onto the subject of polders, but after a while I had to admit that I didn’t have a clue what a polder was.
So, I googled it and this is what I found out from Wikipedia…
A polder is a piece of land in a low-lying area that has been reclaimed from a body of water by building dikes and drainage canals.
Although empoldering is usually carried out in low-lying coastal areas, it can be also carried out in inland areas such as lakes and rivers. It is commonly carried out in countries like the Netherlands, where much of the country is below sea level and subject to flooding. About one-fifth of the land in the Netherlands has been reclaimed from the sea. Their largest and most successful project is the Zuider Zee project.
Polders have 2 distinct features. Firstly, they are enclosed by dikes to keep the water out. The dikes also serve to protect the polder from erosion. Secondly, polders are continually maintained by systems of drainage canals and pumps which prevent them from becoming waterlogged and hence, suitable for cultivation.
See, you learn something new every damn day!
Westkapelle and the towns surrounding it are gorgeous, the fact that it is so very flat means that you can see for miles.
So here, as promised, are the pictures…