Previous Chapter Chapter 74: Different Farming Strategies and the Shaping of Agricultural Landscapes1: The Case of the Netherlands
Rural landscapes are historically developed dynamic entities and are characterised by diversity, both from a visual, social and ecological point of view. The rural spatial diversity reflects wide-ranging past and present interactions between local natural conditions, human activity and cultures. Differences in resource base, in type and styles of farming and in household livelihoods shaped different agricultural landscapes. Changes in, for example, farming were embodied in the surrounding landscape. As main land users, farmers have always put a big stamp on rural landscapes, including in the Netherlands.