Hollandscheveld, in the municipality of Hoogeveen, Drenthe province, is
a place which sends shudders through the urbanized Dutch spines, as there
started a farmers' revolt against oppressive taxes. The movement resulted
in several MPs of the Boer'n partij, captained by Boer Koekoek in the Dutch
parliament (Boer = farmer, peasant). The village is a few km southeast
of Hoogeveen in Drenthe and it was formerly a peat-digging area.
The flag: On the village church-spire is a wheathervane with a peatcutter.
Bert Duinkerken, the designer of the flag, wanted to make a village flag
and insisted on the peatcutter, on a yellow field surrounded by blue. Blue
is for water, of utmost importance to the region. Yellow is for sand, which
remained after the peat was dug out. And the peatcutter is a symbol for
the proud church-spire and the hard labor by which this region was formed.
Jarig Bakker, 9 January 2001