Location in Gelderland
|• Body||Municipal Council|
|• Mayor||Josan Meijers (PvdA)|
|• Total||69.14 km2 (26.70 sq mi)|
|• Land||62.23 km2 (24.03 sq mi)|
|• Water||6.91 km2 (2.67 sq mi)|
|Elevation||11 m (36 ft)|
|• Density||745/km2 (1,930/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
6680–6681, 6684–6691, 6850–6852
|Area code||026, 0481|
Lingewaard (pronunciation (help·info)) is a municipality in the eastern Netherlands. It is located in the province of Gelderland, in the most eastern part of the Betuwe. The municipality is situated in the lowlands between the major cities of Arnhem and Nijmegen, where most inhabitants work. Lingewaard was part of the Arnhem–Nijmegen metropolitan area until 2015.
The municipality of Lingewaard consists of the undermentioned population centres. Lingewaard was formed in 2001 as a merger between the former municipalities of Bemmel, Gendt and Huissen. The municipality was initially named Bemmel after the largest former municipality, but later renamed 'Lingewaard' in a referendum. 'Lingewaard' itself is not a population centre but an artificial name for the municipality, which is favoured by the majority of the voters.
The industrial park and hamlet of Looveer comprises a small area located across the Pannerden Canal. Other notable hamlets in Lingewaard are Hulhuizen (included with Gendt), and Doornik (included with Bemmel). Before 1799, Doornik was a village. This village was destroyed because of a levee breach in 1799, whereby all houses were destroyed, including the church.
The municipality lies entirely within the catchment area of the rivers Waal, Nederrijn, and Linge. It generally contains many fertile soils that lie on nutrient-rich river deposits. From an agricultural point of view, Lingewaard is well suited for horticulture. The area contains many greenhouses and orchards.
In the south of Lingewaard lies Dutch rewilding area Gelderse Poort, which is managed by Staatsbosbeheer. This nature reserve contains several Dutch riverscape habitats, including: riparian forests, grasslands, small marshes and kolks. Large herbivores (horses and cattle) roam through parts of the area, and play a major role in the landscape character because of their grazing behaviour.
Notable people from the municipality of Lingewaard include:
- Willem Jacob van de Graaf (born 1736 in Huissen - 1804), the 35th Dutch Governor of Ceylon
- Syb Talma (born 1864 in Angeren - 1916), a Dutch politician
- Gys van Beek (born 1919 in Angeren - 2015), a Dutch-American inventor and member of the Dutch resistance in WWII
- Joop Puntman (born 1934 in Haalderen - 2013), a Dutch ceramist and sculptor
- Cor Melchers (born 1954 in Huissen - 2015), a Dutch painter
- Annelies Nuy (born 1960 in Doornenburg), a Dutch fashion designer
- Erwin van de Looi (born 1972 in Huissen), a Dutch football manager and former player
- Thomas van Aalten (born 1978 in Huissen), a Dutch writer and journalist
- Stijn Schaars (born 1984 in Gendt), a Dutch former footballer with over 300 club caps
- Cayfano Latupeirissa (born 1991 in Bemmel), a Dutch footballer
- International Four Days Marches Nijmegen - A multiple day marching event in mid-July, which comes through Bemmel and Huissen. Depending on the edition, it will be on the first or fourth day.
- Bemmelse Dweildag - An international festival for marching bands in Bemmel, on the second Sunday in June.
- Horse Days of Bemmel (Dutch: Bemmelse Paardendagen) - The annual pony market and horserace in Bemmel, around the second Sunday in August.
- Cherry Festival of Gendt (Dutch: Gendste Kersenfeest) - Annual festival of Gendt at the end of July.
- Under The Milky Way - Local rock festival of Lingewaard, located in the floodplains of Huissen, in the end of August or beginning of September.
From 2009 to 2014, Lingewaard was twinned with:
- On August 22, 2018, an assault was committed on the municipal building of Lingewaard in Bemmel. A man drove into the building with a car with two gas cylinders in it. One of the gas cylinders exploded and caused serious fire and soot damage to the building. The driver died.
- "Samenstelling College van B&W" [Members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Lingewaard. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
- "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
- "Postcodetool for 6681BJ". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
- "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
- "Feiten en cijfers" [Population numbers of the municipality]. January 1, 2019.
- Events in Lingewaard Retrieved 17 November 2019.
- Mizil-Lingewaard Twinning Website