Discovering The Hague’s Trees Pieter van Mourik, Gerard van der Veen


What would The Hague be without its trees? The city has had a long association with these ‘giants of nature’, dating back as far as the 16th century, when rows of lime trees were planted along the Lange Voorhout at the order of the Emperor Charles V. Today, the trees play a vital role in the urban landscape.

This guide contains eight different walking and cycling routes that will lead you through this open-air ‘Museum of Local Urban Landscape’. We invite you to explore this ‘museum’, discovering both the interesting parts of The Hague that many people tend to overlook, and to enjoy the different stories the trees tell us as the seasons change.

Pieter van Mourik (1945) has a PhD in metal physics. Since 2003 he has been board member of the Delft branch of the Dutch Royal Society of Gardening and Botany Groei&Bloei/KMTP. He has been involved in the work of the Botanical Garden of Delft University of Technology since 1998.
Gerard van der Veen (1944) spent the greater part of his active professional life at the Botanical Garden of Delft University of Technology. He knows almost everything there is to know about the trees in the collection of the Botanical Garden. He used to be a lecturer at Wellant College, Rotterdam, where the gardeners of the future are trained.