The whole of the Netherlands areĀ  landscape. The word 'landscape' is Dutch in origin after all. Man has shaped his surroundings. Mans control over this man-made landscape is continuous. As a result the only stable attribute of this landscape is its changing nature, both in appearance and in use.

All levels of government are concerning themselves with the quality of the landscape. To guide these changes, requirements are enforced for new developments. These requirements are laid down in landscape policy papers, landscape development plans, regional development plans and ecological zoning plans. In areas of outstanding natural beauty or areas of special interest there are fewer possibilities for development than on sites in urban fringes and redevelopment areas. A landscape architect is the right person to guard the existing quality or introduce more quality where this is now amiss.