The Sound Fountain Series on “Fences”: Liberating the Dutch Landscape, Part 4 of 4

The mill at Rijnwoude on the Lagenwaardse Polder (Photo-Vincent van Zeijst, Wikimedia Commons)
The mill at Rijnwoude on the Lagenwaardse Polder (© Photo-Vincent van Zeijst, Wikimedia Commons)

In the last of a four-part series on Fences, The Sound Fountain concentrates on Holland, where the countryside has been tamed more than in any other country of the world. The Dutch landscape was immortalized by the 17th century masters, but has it lost the magic of earlier times? There are some in the Netherlands who think it has. Who believe that the barbed wire stands that carves the land into perfect squares for agriculture has in effect, imprisoned the people who have no connection any more with the rural areas.

But there is a project that’s trying to replace the barbed wire with living hedges – Liberating the Dutch landscape.

Produced by Dheera Sujan

First broadcast December 17, 2000.