Tvorup Klitplantage

In meters-deep sand, some of the oldest trees in the national park find their nourishment

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Thy's oldest dune plantation

The first successful attempt to plant a forest in the sandy landscape - after Thagaard's plantation was abandoned - can be found a few kilometers further to the east in Tvorup, in the area known as Gryden (The Pot).

Chamberlain Hans Christian Riegels was appointed to lead the new experiments in Tvorup Klit. Drifting sands had severely affected the region and depopulated the parish, but conditions had become somewhat less harsh. Riegels oversaw three experimental plantings between 1853 and 1861. In Gryden, a small area of about one tønde land was sown with new hardy tree species, and this time the trees finally took root.

Mountain pine, in particular, was resistant to the harsh climate. Mountain pine grows rapidly and provides protection for more delicate tree species, thus providing a foundation for the many hectares of dune plantations that now characterize the area. The agricultural areas to the east of the plantations were eventually spared from drifting sand, and the trees also had a noticeable effect on the salty air and sea mist coming from the ocean.

A walk in the plantation

In Gryden, you can see Norway spruce, oak, beech, and trembling aspen from the first plantings. A memorial stone commemorates Riegels' efforts by the road. Along a marked trail, you can move around the hilly terrain, which is an ancient dune landscape. In some places, the sand is up to 6 meters thick, yet the trees over 100 years old manage to find sustenance.

Cyclists can also enjoy the terrain's ups and downs. A mountain biking route starting at the campsite near Boligvej north of Tvorup passes close to Gryden.

In 2023, the Nature Agency cleared some of the non-native trees in Gryden and Tvorup Klitplantage to create space and allow more species to thrive in the natural environment.

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