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Egsmark Plantation

Take a seat

The view at the bottom of the planted forest Egsmark Plantage takes you by surprise. You arrive there via a path that penetrates the entire plantation. There is a bench from where you can enjoy the front-seat view of the coastal cliffs left behind in the landscape when the Stone Age sea retreated to the coastline we know today. You can also see the lake of Stubbe Sø from here. The plantation is a reminder of the time when the Jutland heathland was planted with trees. 

Take a walk 

The tree-planting association Djurslands Plantningsforening bought Egsmark Plantage in 1929 and today they provide information about the history of the afforestation movement in the extensive demonstration plantation. Visitors can read posters about the history of the association and signs showing the species of trees, including lodgepole pine, Korean pine, thuja, wild cherry, Scotch pine, beech, lark and sitka spruce. QR codes are available, so that visitors can retrieve more information via their smartphone. 

Practical information

The plantation is situated by the lay-by on the corner of the Ebeltoft-Feldballe main road by the turn-off to Tirstrup. 

Egsmark Plantage

The history of the plantations 

The afforestation movement is an important part of Danish cultural heritage. With extensive planting of trees on meagre soils, the project has left a clear mark on the National Park. The afforestation movement prospered after Denmark’s loss of Schleswig to Germany in 1864, in particular in Jutland. “What has been lost externally, must be regained internally,” said the manager of the Danish Land Development Service, E.M. Dalgas. He then set about cultivating the Danish heath. The afforestation movement gained in scope with more than a hundred local forest-planting associations and districts making Denmark richer in trees and forest cover.