Appelscha (Frisian: Appelskea), a village in Ooststellingwerf, Fryslân
province in the Netherland, is the symbol against the misunderstanding
that Fryslân is as flat as a penny: the Bosberg arises there in the
landscape, of which the climbing is not for the fainthearted, as the height
is no less than 29 meters!
The flag of Appledamage (as the English translation is) is at
The flag was designed in 1977 by Mr. Piet Bultsma.
Two red stripes symbolize the heather, abundantly present here. Between
them a white stripe for the "compagnonsvaart" canal; in it three black
rectangles, peat-blocks for the peat-digging in the past. The yellow triangle
symbolizes the "Bosberg", aka the Frisian Mont Blanc, and the sandy soil.
The clover-leaf in the triangle is for the fertility, and cattle-breeding.
Literature: Genealogysk Jierboekje jg. 1980 (article by Piet Bultsma
Vexilla Nostra jg.14, jg. 15 (nr.109-pag.72 en 110-pag.92)
Jarig Bakker, 15 Jul 2003