Cultural environment – The Sugar industry
The cultural environment of the sugar industry
consists of the manors Lungholm and Højbygård, the Tågerup Pole
Barracks, the smallholder parcellations of Højby and Egeby, and not
least the Højbygaard Sugar Works in Holeby, which can be seen in
In physical planning, a valuable cultural environment is defined
as a geographically delimited area, which in its appearance
reflects significant traits of societal development. The valuable
cultural environments are the responsibility of the municipalities,
pursuant to, among others, the Danish Planning Act's Section 11a,
subs. 14. This means that the municipalities are responsible for
mapping, selecting and safeguarding cultural environment
The area neatly contains all of the elements that characterise a
unique, homogenous and identity-creating industrial environment,
and as such, it has been appointed by the Danish government as one
of 25 national industrial memorials.
A production centre in the form of Højbygaard Sugar Works, the
raw material suppliers in the form of the manors Højbygård,
Lungholm and their neighbouring settlements in connection with a
park, avenues, woodland and large cultivation units (with the good
soil for sugar beet production), divided by dikes and hedgerows. It
also includes an infrastructural connection in the form of the
sugar beet line and the railway, and finally the manpower
visualised in the form of the Tågerup Pole Barracks, the workers'
and officials' homes in Holeby and the smallholder settlements in
connection with their plots of land in Højby.
Despite the fact that the sugar production has stopped at the
actual sugar works, the authenticity, the experience and the
storytelling values are preserved actively in the combined cultural
environment. Over the years, the entire sugar production has been
of great significance to a large group of people's lives in an
economic and social sense, and the sugar industry therefore has a
natural place in Lolland's identity and history.