Balm bei Messen

Balm Bei Messen

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Balm bei Messen

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Balm bei Messen was a municipality in the district of Bucheggberg in the canton of Solothurn in Switzerland. On 1 January 2010 the municipalities of Balm bei Messen, Brunnenthal and Oberramsern merged into the municipality of Messen.

History

Balm bei Messen is first mentioned in 1254 as de Balmo. In 1275 it was mentioned as in Balm.

Geography

Balm bei Messen has an area, , of . Of this area, or 59.6% is used for agricultural purposes, while or 32.1% is forested. Of the rest of the land, or 7.3% is settled (buildings or roads).

Of the built up area, housing and buildings made up 4.1% and transportation infrastructure made up 3.2%. Out of the forested land, 30.7% of the total land area is heavily forested and 1.4% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 54.1% is used for growing crops and 5.5% is pastures.

The village is located in the Bucheggberg district, in the Limpach along the southern slope of the Bucheggberg. It consists of the haufendorf village (an irregular, unplanned and quite closely packed village, built around a central square) of Balm bei Messen.

Coat of arms

The blazon of the municipal coat of arms is Argent a Holly Branch Vert in bend sinister over a Mount of 3 Coupeaux of the same.

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