There are big plans to load up this area with buildings. This will be at the expense of the green and blue infrastructures: the forests, grasslands and waterways. And our advise aims to – although the area will be filled up with more buildings- nevertheless use management and design to maintain the biodiversity. And to create and manage as much green and blue structures as possible in favor of biodiversity. In the Bio Science Park, there are a lot of plant species with a very special story. Like these evening primroses. Primroses have been in the Netherlands since the 17th century, after we started traveling to North-America, because they originally come from North-America. But they have a very complicated reproductive biology, causing them to evolve very differently in Europa than in North-America. Therefore, the species that now occur in Europa, can no longer reproduce with the species that live in North-America. So they differentiated from their ancestor species. This is lakeshore bulrush. This somewhat dull green plant. As the Dutch name (Mat sedge) already implies, people used it for mat-plaiting and making baskets. This, for example, is bird vetch, with its beautiful light purple bunches of butterfly flowers. Well, biodiversity, and mostly the green and blue structures in this area, are important for catching water after heavy rain showers, and to create a buffering climate because of shadow of trees and evaporation of plants. In that way, heat stress can be prevented
and the working environment for the people in this area can remain as pleasant as possible.