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De Buitenplaats

The Digital Newsletter of Wester-Amstel
Romantic evening walk

Op zaterdag 25 september gonst Amstelveen een vol etmaal van natuur-, cultuur- en sport activiteiten. Met ‘Amstelveen in 24Hrs’ ontdekt u alle hoeken van de stad. Ook Wester-Amstel doet mee! Op deze dag krijgt een select gezelschap de kans om onze buitenplaats te ontdekken gedurende …

Twilight Wester-Amstel

Op zaterdag 25 september gonst Amstelveen een vol etmaal van natuur-, cultuur- en en sport activiteiten. Met ‘Amstelveen in 24Hrs’ ontdekt u alle hoeken van de stad.  Ook Wester-Amstel doet mee! Normaliter is ons park enkel toegankelijk tussen 9:00 en 16:30. Speciaal op deze dag krijgt …

Across the pond

Of course, Bill and I were not surprised when we were asked to build a bridge to the former “studio island” on the other side of the pond. By this point, it was common for us to be plucked away from our regular task of protecting the orchard from eroding shores, aggressive rats, exotic lobsters, and nibbling sheep.

Wester-Amstel’s park and gardens produce a wide range of crops and goods throughout the year. We harvest vegetables, herbs, hard and soft fruits, and even firewood. We’re also really proud to say that we grow everything the old fashioned way, meaning there’s no fertilizers or pesticides involved! Here's what we're selling this year.

The time has come for the orchard lane to be replaced. It’s a bittersweet moment, but alas time waits for no tree. Here is a look at what went into our decision.

In each edition of De Buitenplaats, we like to introduce a new friend of Wester-Amstel. This time around, we could easily call it ‘meet our neighbours’. So without further ado, let’s meet this fantastic duo!

We are used to seeing brides and grooms roaming our grounds… Last spring, however, we must admit, things got a little out of hand. We're not sure who whispered our name around, but we suddenly went "viral" on the wedding circuit.

Since 1994, Wester-Amstel has come equipped with a "rose medallion". It is located at the front of the house and cannot be missed by visitors or passersby. And while we love it dearly, it was time for the garden group to give it a complete makeover.

'The appearance of a 1980s youth hostel.' This was the stern yet fair verdict given by a real estate agent visiting Wester-Amstel in 2018. But guess what? We're happy to report that we are gearing up to give it a fitting update!

We’re going to say it again, even though we’ve said it plenty of times before… Last year was a special year! To discover why, keep reading...

Spring is finally here and that means it's time to get planting!

In Memory of Co Meulman

On July 31st, 2020, Co Meulman passed away at the age of 96. Co had been a steadfast friend and garden volunteer at Wester-Amstel since 1993. We will miss Co and his spirit and we will never forget the energy he brought to Wester-Amstel and our lives.

If you’re ever looking for someone to talk to about the Amstelland or the historical significance of Wester-Amstel, then Finette van der Heide is your woman. She may have only become an official friend of Wester-Amstel in 2020, but as I quickly discovered, her relationship with W.A. goes back decades.

A beautiful painting of the park and gardens has found a new home in the hallway at Wester-Amstel. It’s an impression piece by artist Linda Hartman.

Wester-Amstel’s park and gardens produce a wide range of crops and goods throughout the year. We harvest vegetables, herbs, hard and soft fruits, and even firewood. We’re also really proud to say that we grow everything the old fashioned way, meaning there’s no fertilizers or pesticides involved!

Behind the Scenes

In our spring newsletter, we told you about the Friends of Wester-Amstel Foundation’s plans for 2020 and beyond. Our focus has shifted from inside to outside. Our main priorities are providing access to the public and ensuring the maintenance and beautification of our park and gardens.

Half april kreeg Wester-Amstel bezoek van Fons Bongers van Vogelbescherming Nederland. Hij kwam een havikshorst inspecteren, oftewel een nest met haviken. We waren totaal verrast! Hij wenste een telling te maken van het aanstaande vogelgrut. We misten wel eens een kip of een vrijwilliger op …

In our spring newsletter, we told you about the Friends of Wester-Amstel Foundation’s plans for 2020 and beyond. Our focus has shifted from inside to outside. Our main priorities are providing access to the public and ensuring the maintenance and beautification of our park and gardens.

The pasture at Wester-Amstel has found new tenants and is being occupied by… sheep! Keep reading to find out more about these fluffy creatures and their shepherd Regina Kouprie.

René Spoelsta and Nicoline Boon are regulars when it comes to opening Wester-Amstel’s gates to visitors. Here you find out how they got started and what they are up to when on “gate duty”.

Every Tuesday and Thursday Wiet van Hoorn and Aleid Brederode can be found working tirelessly on Wester-Amstel’s new kitchen garden. During their interview, their passion for gardening was practically bursting through the phone.

In our 2019 newsletter, we announced ‘VWA 2.0’ (Vrienden van Wester-Amstel 2.0) and began our transition towards a post-Groengebied Amstelland era.

Lots has happened over the past six months, making the saying "Wester-Amstel just keeps getting more beautiful”, truer than ever. Here’s what’s been going on.