Welcome to Husby Hole
According to a historical account, in 1441 a mighty battle was fought at Husby between King Christopher of Bavaria and peasants of northern Jutland who rebelled against the growing nobility.
Legend has it that the peasants rounded up their carts and covered a sunken road with grass so that it looked like a meadow. The king’s heavy cavalry fell through the grass covering and were defeated. The king quickly gathered a new army and new battles ensued. This time, the peasants’ carts were divided and the peasant army split into small groups. The leader of the revolt, Henrik Tagsen Reventlow, was captured and later executed in Aalborg. Between 600 and 2,000 men are said to have died in the battles.
Whether this battle actually occurred here or further south in St. Jørgensbjerg is not known with certainty. Large collections of bones have been found in archaeological digs at both locations. In 1964, a large grave was found that probably contained the remains of the killed peasants.
The Granite Stone is in memory of the peasant revolt of 1441, where the battle between the peasant army and Christopher of Bavaria took place. The stone was erected 500 years later at the highest point above the sunken road and inaugurated at a celebration after the end of the German occupation in 1945.
In 1972, approximately 89 hectares around Husby Hole were preserved to protect the historic and scenic surroundings.
The hilly glacial moraine, with Skårhøj as the highest point at 59 metres, is a geologically young landscape formed during the last ice age about 15,000 years ago.
The entire preserved area was previously uncultivated heathland and grassland, and the earth was divided into long narrow lots so that all of Husby’s peasants could take part in grazing and the heather harvest.
The name Husby originated in the Viking Age (approx. 800-1050). “Hole” refers to the sunken roads, created by transport with teams of horses or oxen as the wheel tracks gnawed deeper and deeper into the hill.
The northernmost part of the area is dominated by conifer plantations planted on former heathland. Mosses and fungi, which do not require much sunlight, thrive on the forest floor.
The middle part of the preserved area still consists of heathland and open grasslands, with a variety of dwarf shrubs such as heather, crowberry, blueberry and lingonberry. Common broom, a dominant plant that can displace other flora, also grows in the open areas. Because of its dominant nature, common broom is combated in selected parts of the preserved area.
Common broom grows mainly in dry, poor soil, where it can form dense thickets that can grow up to several metres tall. The plant is characterised by its green, five-winged branches. It flowers when it is 2-5 years old and can live for up to 20 years. The plant has many large yellow flowers.
Devil’s bit scabious
Devil’s bit scabious is a perennial plant that grows in damp, open and poor soil. It flowers in August-September and has blue-violet flowers. The plant grows 25-60 cm high. It has a leaf rosette at ground level and the flower stems are usually branched.
Butterfly larvae of the rare marsh fritillary are only found on devil's-bit scabious.
Sneezewort yarrow is closely related to common yarrow and also belongs to the daisy family. It grows to 20-40 cm tall and has white to cream-coloured flowers.
Common yarrow is a perennial herb from the daisy family that grows 20-50 cm tall. It grows in sunny, dry and wet areas. Its flowers are white and sometimes also pink. The newly sprouted flowers can be used to make spiced schnapps.
Crowberry is an evergreen dwarf shrub densely covered with needle-shaped leaves and small, tasty black berries. Historically, crowberry branches were used in the production of brooms and scrubbing brushes.
Blueberry is a low-growing deciduous shrub with upright green branches. The leaves are bright green and the berries are black with a bluish tinge. The juice from the berries gives a deep blue colour. Blueberries are tasty and can be confused with bog bilberry, which also has blue berries – but these are white inside and tasteless. Blueberries ripen in summer and can be picked from July to September.
Lingonberry is a dwarf shrub with glossy green leaves that are light green with dark spots on the underside. The berries are red and juicy with a fresh acidic taste. Lingonberries contain malic acid, benzoic acid and succinic acid and can be stored in their own juice without fermenting.
Lingonberry grows in heathland, marshes, and light conifer plantations. The red berries ripen in August-September, and they are ideal for jam.