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Snowdrops on Texel16 January 2020
In the early spring you can encounter snowdrops everywhere on Texel and in De Dennen (the pinewoods on Texel) in particular. Texel is a real snowdrop island! But how did these spring flowers actually end up on Texel?
Texel islanders with commercial spirit
In the 1960s, Texel islanders were able to earn a good living from their trade in snowdrops. They left the island in vans, heading for France, a country where snowdrops were regarded as a type of weed. The Texel islanders were given permission to remove the snowdrop bulbs from places where snowdrops thrive best: woodland areas.
Back on Texel, the bulbs were planted in the woods, forests and along boundary tree lines, which had often been created specifically for this purpose. The commercial cultivation of snowdrops in De Dennen came to a halt quite a long time ago when the national forest service (Staatsbosbeheer) stopped leasing out parcels of woodland.
Whether taking a walk or cycling through De Dennen, you will find that you still come across large clumps of snowdrops near the place where the Randweg crosses the Botgrasweg. You will also see a huge number of them when cycling over the Waalenburgerdijkje, near the junction with the Oude Dijkje. Snowdrops are also usually found in Molenbos in the Cocksdorp. These places are easy to find with the Texel Map.