Municipality replacing unsafe poplars

Published: 19 November 2019Modified: 19 November 2019

In mid-November the municipality will begin replacing the poplar trees which are in poor condition in the Escamp city district. This has to be done because falling branches can cause accidents. The unsafe poplars can be recognised by a yellow dot and tape. All the unsafe poplars in the city should be replaced by the end of 2020.

An investigation has shown that a total of approximately 2,200 poplar trees in The Hague are in poor condition. Look at the map with unsafe poplars to see where these trees are located in the city.

Advice from area residents

At the spots with more than 50 unsafe poplars, the municipality held talks with area residents. Many residents advised the municipality to remove the poplars and replace them with other trees. Residents around the Conradkade and Houtrustlaan advised the municipality to leave part of the poplars and to prune the other part. The municipality will heed this advice.

Residents were also allowed to decide on the species of trees which will be replanted. One residents came up with the idea of making an artwork out of the populars. This was done and can now be seen. Look for more information at

Replanting trees

A new tree will be planted approximately a half-year to 1 year after the trees are cut down. This will take some time because the underground remnants of the old tree first need to be removed. New fertile soil will also be added. A new tree will be planted approximately 6 months to 1 year after an old tree has been cut down. It takes some time because first the underground remains of the old tree need to be removed. New nutritive earth will also be added.

Trees need to be cut for safety reasons

Poplars become weak and vulnerable as they grow older. As a result the branches break off easily. This can be risky for people walking or cycling under the trees. Unfortunately several serious incidents have occurred over the last few years due to breaking branches. Homes and cars have also been damaged.

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Poplars everywhere in the city

The largest number of poplar trees can be found in the Escamp and Loosduinen districts. These trees were planted after the Second World War to quickly make the neighbourhoods green again. However, poplars which need to be replaced in the coming time can be found in all of the other city districts as well.

Wood to be recycled

Part of the wood produced from cutting down the poplars will be made available for initiatives by area residents and organisations. Would you like to make a bench out of a tree trunk? Do you have creative ideas for a piece of furniture? Can you use branches for your garden? Or do you have another good plan? Look at

Also see: Replacing unsafe poplars