Municipality’s maintenance Scheveningen Woods – until 15 March

The Municipality of The Hague will carry out maintenance on The Hague’s forests until 15 March 2016. The work will take place in the green areas in the city district of Escamp, Haagse Hout, Loosduinen and Scheveningen. The forests will remain accessible to the public.

Before the work begins, specialists will conduct a flora and fauna evaluation. They will do this to prevent the birds and other animals from being disturbed and special plants from being damaged. The work will stop on 16 March 2016 at the latest, just before the brooding season begins.


You may see markings on the tree trunks in the forests, such as:

  • Blue dot: these are the trees of the future. These trees will get the space to grow.
  • Yellow dot: these trees will be cut down in order to make space for the trees of  the future. The trees will be removed from the forest.
  • Yellow cross: these trees will be cut down to make space for the trees of the future. The tree trunks will be left in the forest.
Man and horse in forest
Removal of trees

A healthy forest is made up of different species of trees, bushes and herbaceous plants. To keep the forest healthy, it is important to remove trees from the forest. This improves the conditions for growth for the remaining trees. Depending on the species, quality and age of the tree, it will be determined what the tree needs. In addition, open spaces in the forest are also important for the development of plants and animals.

Dead wood

Dead and decaying wood in the forest is important for the forest’s natural life cycle. Dead wood is a source of nourishment for plants and animals. It also provides hiding and nesting spots for animals. Dead wood therefore serves an important function. The municipality makes sure that not too much wood is left behind.

26 February 2016,