Feniks - The reconstruction of Flanders Fields
Many towns and villages on the frontline were destroyed and the region found itself to be a desolate place. The polders (the low lying areas consisting of clay, sand and peat) around the Yser river were flooded, the landscape was destroyed, and the soil was contaminated with copper and poisonous gas.
In the years following First World War, the reconstruction of the region began in fits and starts. The people of Westhoek rebuilt their houses, churches, farmland, pastures and social lives. They organised markets and brass bands, and breathed new life into Flanders Fields (Westhoek). The region received support from the government and aid organisations, but the reconstruction was mostly a result of hard work and determination.
The Great Reconstruction of Flanders Fields (Westhoek) is shining a spotlight on this story. In 2020, cities, municipalities and museums in Westhoek are teaming up to tell unique stories, both big and small. Flanders Fields is staging a wide range of exhibitions, interactive installations, big events, light shows and much more.