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This picture I took a while ago, on Easter-monday of this year, when we made a walk at this nature reserve called Tiengemeten. Tiengemeten is an island in the Dutch province of South Holland. And here's some history about Tiengemeten wich I looked up on the internet:

By the beginning of the seventeenth century, a sandbar measuring just about five hectares had been deposited in the Haringvliet. At the time, half a hectare was called a ‘gemet’, hence the name: Tien gemeten.

Little by little, between 1750 and 1860, the Dutch built dykes to create polders on the land. Finally, the island comprised seven hundred hectares of agricultural land, plus three hundred hectares outside the dykes: the Blanke Slikken.

Until the 1940s, Tiengemeten seemed to be a forgotten piece of the Netherlands. After the Second World War, things suddenly changed. The plans to re-allocate the land followed each other in rapid succession. Tiengemeten would perhaps become a large residential island, an airport for cargo planes, a nuclear power plant, a bungalow park or later a storage depot for contaminated sludge. Each time the plans fell through. In the eighties and nineties, it became clear that a policy was needed for the Netherlands’ remaining nature. The Cabinet adopted the nature policy plan, which incorporated an ambitious plan for a national ecological network for the country. Tiengemeten belonged here, because it offered unique opportunities for the recovery of rare freshwater tidal flora and fauna. In 1994, the province of South Holland scrapped the plans to store sludge there and designated Tiengemeten as an area in which nature should be allowed to develop.
Following the decision to convert Tiengemeten into a nature reserve, Natuurmonumenten (with government aid) bought Tiengemeten in 1996.

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