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Twijzelerheide (The Netherlands)
Achtkarspelen municipality, Fryslân province
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Twijzelerheide / Twizelerheide (1972 inh) is one of the "heidedorpen"-
heather villages, developed in the 18th and 19th century. After the peatdigging
was over people gained employment in more northern regions of Dantumadeel
and Kollum. It is in the extreme northwest corner of Achtkarspelen, which
seems to be reflected on the village flag.
The Coat of Arms consists of two parts. The top is red, reminding of the heather.
On the heather people lived in poor conditions in cottages named "spitketen".
The three points suggest that. The poor sandy soil hardly produced anything
(the yellow color) - but better times were acoming. On the hather brooms
and brushes were made from heather and birch-branches. Wood was traded
as fuel. On the red a bunch of branches has been put, as well as two stylized
flowers of the heather-plant named "Caluna", with four small crowns and
four larger chalice-leaves. This flower is also to be seen on the flag,
reminding of the village name. The green in the lower part of the Coat of Arms symbolizes
the "greide" - meadowland or the present agricultural soil. The ploughs
used to make this happen is represented by the shard pointed yellow triangle.
The clover-leave represents the meadows for raising cattle. The position
on the map of Twijzelerheide is also reflected on the Coat of Arms.
Source: Wapens en vlaggen in de gemeente Achtkarspelen, Buitenpost
Twijzelerheide Coat of Arms
from the Achtkarspelen municipal