Army gets more space at Oirschotse Heide

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The Oirschotse Heide will soon start looking differently. Plans are being drawn up for its redevelopment.

The nature reserve is known for its heather, fir trees, and drifting sands. Together with neighbouring areas such as Straatse Heide and Oostelbeerse Heide, the complete area covers 1440 ha. Some of this is privately owned, other parts are open to the public.

However, a large part of the area is used by the Dutch army as training grounds. The area is not freely accessible. Entering it may be dangerous, as warning signs point out.

The army uses the area intensively to train soldiers. A large number of them are based here.

According to the Eindhovens Dagblad, various army vehicles are used here. Some need sandy subsoil; others require an urban or wooded surface. The changing soil requirements re among the reasons for the redevelopment plans.

Not just the army

The changing road network around Eindhoven Airport also plays a role in the redevelopment plans for the Oirschotse Heide. New roads will be built between the A58 and the airport. The road near the army barracks will become more like a ‘Green Corridor’.

Of course, the Dutch army is not the only one using this special area. It is a nature reserve which many walkers and cyclists like to visit as well.

Source: Studio 040

Translator: Kate

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