Landscape design for the rejuvenation of the river Regge, between Rijssen and Nijverdal
- Cliënt: Atelier Overijssel
- Team: Henk Volkers (ecoloog)
- Year, status: 2015
Central to this study is the River Regge that flows through the delta landscape of the province of Overijssel. Formally a meandering brook that regularly overflowed into the callows during the different seasons, it was canalised for industry over 100 years ago. Nowadays it forms a quiet sluggish flow, within a deep man made gulley. REDscape was asked to free the Regge from the iron grip of canalisation and restore it in a new way to its natural dynamic.
By doing this the potential for nature and recreation in the Regge valley could receive a new impetus, giving the local economy new direction. Production (intensive) landscapes can be combined with (extnsive) recreational landscapes.
A new hydrological design ensures that the self steering natural processes of flooding erosion, sedimentation of the river Regge are restored. The callows are to be altererd from conventional intensive agriculture to areas of nature and recreation. The callows will become the extensive prairiy grasslands that are allowed to flood at different times of the year. The Regge valley will slowly transform to become a robust and natural river valley.
The artificially raised agricultural farmsteads – known as kampen- belong to an agricultural system used in this part of the Netherlands for over 1000 years. These raised farmsteads, will continue intensive production, but will have additional new recreational routes to serve the new potential of the river valley. The new economy will be reliant on transformation of buildings on the farmsteads which are illustrated in the study with development and quality guidelines.