Veenwouden (we say: Fynwâlden, official Frisian name: Feanwâlden)
is a village between Dokkum and Leeuwarden, on the railway Leeuwarden-Groningen.
Veenwouden Coat of Arms: in gold a red closed castle ("stins") with a blue hipped
roof, in chief with two alderleaves; a base longitudinal chequy of silver
and black (peat-blocks), in seven by five rows .
Flag: Five stripes yellow - red - white - green - yellow, proportioned
9:16:50:16:9. The white stripes charged with five lying peat-blocks, placed
two on top, three below, each peat-block with a height of 4/25 flagheight
and with a length of 1/5 flaglength, reaching from hoist to fly.
The Coat of Arms is based on the village-name (veen = peatgrounds). The base
points at the peat (like in the arms of the veen-polderboards). The castle
is the still standing "Skierstins" (grey castle). The alderleaves
symbolize the "Friese Wouden" in this part of the former division
of Oostergo, which is the transition from the forests to the peat-grounds
north of Veenwouden. Two leaves, because Veenwouden consists of two former
villages: Eslawâld and Sint Johanneswâld; all in the colors
of the municipal arms of Dantumadeel.
The flag is derived from the village arms.
Design: R.J. Broersma, member of the Fryske Rie foar Heraldyk.
Source: Genealogysk Jierboekje 1990.
Jarig Bakker, 17 Aug 2003