AMSTELVEEN – The Amsterdamse Bos is an important green space for many residents of Astelland and Amsterdam for recreation in countless ways. Eefa works in the Amsterdamse Bos, has a walking service and is in the forest almost every day of the week. What is so nice about it? “Oxygen, space, freedom of movement!”, Declares Eefa.
The landscaped forest has a shadow side. Jan Ebbinge has written a forest book and takes us through the history of forest building. “The excavation of the forest track began in 1934, which took three years. A lot of people had to participate in the creation of jobs. If they didn’t show up, they wouldn’t get their benefits. A total of 20,000 people worked there until 1940. “
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Jan is now director of the “Friends of the Amsterdamse Bos” foundation. This foundation does everything in its power to keep the forest beautiful and accessible to everyone. “I thought the forest was so beautiful, I wanted to give something back. Then I wrote a birthday book eleven years ago.
According to Eefa Doyle of the Outlet Outlet service! the forest also has a social function of control. “People who frequent the forest always take the same tour. The moment you no longer see these people, you say to yourself: ‘hey, it’s funny, I haven’t met this gentleman or lady several times.’ Even if you see this person again: “Are you okay? We missed you!”
Jan loves the forest in many ways, but there is one thing that stands out. “It’s very personal. Dogs have fun walking around here. Especially that.”
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