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Quirky Natura Docet Wooden Pavilions Shelter Animals and Plants in the Netherlands
Even though they look like wooden houses for people, the new wooden structures are intended for animals and plants only. The first one, located on a roundabout connecting Natura Docet with the wild garden of the old county estate Singraven, houses a mixture of grasses, shrubs and a fruit tree. These attract insects and act as a nesting place for birds and other small animals.
The living bridge is a ‘study diorama’ which frames views of the surrounding landscape; eventually it will be completely covered with plants. The view of the water bellow allows visitors to observe its life forms up close while a built in bench near the side window faces the forest and frames a view of the birds.
The third structure is a kind of skyscraper for bees. The bee tower will be used by the local beekeeping association in order to grow a large colony of bees. The chosen vegetation of hops reaches up to five meters in height and is proven to be beneficial to the insects as it reduces parasitic mite populations in honey bee colonies. Once the colony is grown, local honey farmers will be able to use the site for honey tasting sessions.
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