Cultural environment – The Sugar industry

Højbygaard Sugar Works

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 the photo.


Cultural environment

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 values.


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.