What is our vision for the future?
How can we restore nature to its glory?
How do we get clean waters again?
What would our planet look like worldwide, if all families would manage their own acres of land?
And is it also feasible for my country?
To start with the last question, yes. Because why not? For small and densely populated countries or areas however, such as the Netherlands, every hectare must be inhabited on average by four (or more) people. Say standard family size.
Here it is calculated that the towns and villages continue to thrive as they currently are, although a lot greener, because not every citizen aspires to live in the countryside!
To continue with the Netherlands as an example, this small country has around 1.85 million hectares of agricultural land. In figures it is 1,850,000. That is slightly more than half of the total area.
This is a bit of an exceptional situation, and this land is also needed to feed the population of our numerous cities. Taking into account all the factors mentioned, almost half of the 17 million inhabitants of the Netherlands or any area of that size, can manage hectares.
But the good news is on a broader perspective, that according calculations of the Veerhuis Project in the Netherlands, there are two hectares of agricultural land per person available on our planet!
Acres of agricultural land within cities or close to the periphery, are also available. These can be managed with hectare-unit guidelines.
What do you think of horticulture management by the population itself? Preferably locations are selected in quiet areas for transition urban projects (far away from highways). And to establish this properly with long lasting value for our communties, the appointed locations must be permanent!
It would be wonderful if the city counsils can establish guidelines for managing the hectare-units. This includes for local citizens the mandatory set up of a green ‘living fence’ around the hectare with trees and bushes. Also mandatory is the planting of one quart hectare forest. This could consist of fruit orchards, nut trees, evergreen trees and berry bushes.
On the ‘free’ land one could consider the maintainance of vegetable gardens, including small fields with grains, herbs and flowers. How the plot of land is actually designed depends on the co-creation of the local citizens theirselves, preferably facilitated by their local governing agencies and or experienced gardeners. However, there may not be commercial interest or ownership by the regulators.
One can also consider recreational parks, and the planting of evergreen trees and forests outside the appointed hectares. Thus a new connection is established between people and nature in several ways!
A NEW GRID
In the first decade of this 21st century, a plan was designed by Lex Veelo (1944-2012) for a hectare village in the Netherlands. Every hectare here has the shape of a regular hexagon. A hexagon has six sides that are the same length, and six regular angles à 120o. Interestingly, the word ’Hexagon’ stems from Greek language, where ‘Hexa’ = Six and ‘Gonos’ = Angle.
Through the hectare management of hectare units, the largest group of people has been able to restore and preserve our nature!
This does not only apply to your own estate. Neighbors, for example, can choose in mutual consultation to group their quarter-hectare forests together. This is possible on the parts of the terrain where the corners of three estates meet.
In this way small forests of almost one hectare are laid out all over the country. They can also be interlinked via green connecting routes. This also creates migration space for the animal kingdom.
The same can be done with the creation of a lake on the terrain where three corners come together, or for other facilities such as commonly maintained meadows, stables, housing or whatever.
Thus apart from the fact that nature regeneration is an absolute necessity nowadays, our planet can become even more beautiful than before.
We can think of earlier times, in the olden days when nature was still untouched. Because we are now aware of the importance of nature, and prosperity for everyone, all sentient beings and living things. Who knows, maybe together we can make something beautiful out of it.
But that … is up to you!
SOLID AND FLEXIBLE
The geometrical form of a hexagon is very solid and flexible at the same time, and for several reasons:
* All other geometric shapes are enclosed, such as circle, rectangle, triangle and square. This gives all families or managers of estates the freedom to create a unique layout for their own territory.
* When several regular hexagons are placed next to each other, a hexagonal pattern is created (just like a bee-comb). Circles can be formed at all corners with adjacent hexagons. This creates a ‘flourishing’ pattern that is called ‘Flower Of Life’.
* An additional advantage is that the pattern can be reduced or enlarged fractally. On a larger scale, the total plot of land of the hectare village also has the shape of a regular hexagon.
* A hexagonal structure smoothly spreads over a spherical shape without distorting the pattern. In principle, it can therefore be laid as a grid over the entire globe, and run invisibly through the seas and forests or inhospitable areas.