on ecology, partnerships and impact

Personalize a Tree


In Brakel, Belgium, elementary school students have planted more than 1,500 trees in the Sporenbos Forest. The forest, along with the adjacent piece of land, consists of four parts: a Nesting Forest for children with and without disabilities, ...

#Forests, #Food forests, #Fruit orchards

Nurturing Ecology, Education and Engagement in Higher Education


John Carroll University (JCU) in University Heights, Ohio is making significant strides in sustainability, being recognized as a USA Tree Campus, launching an on-campus arboretum, and pledging to become a Laudato Si' Campus in alignment with Pope Fra...

#Schools, #Research

Digitizing the Oedelem Agricultural and Horticultural School Garden


Kimara Goethals has been working at the Agriculture and Horticulture School in Oedelem for 10 years, first as a science teacher and now as the director for the past three years. Transferring from a general to a vocational secondary education school, ...

#Schools, #Research

Where food forest and community garden come together


The old soccer field next to the Vogelzang day center and a private plot of land will be transformed together into a small natural paradise. There will be a food forest with fruit trees, a food forest border and a community garden. It will be a place...

#Food forests, #Fruit orchards

Buzzwatch – a golden opportunity for our bees


Bee populations experienced distressingly high mortality rates once again this past winter. Our honeybees are the proverbial "canary in the coal mine," signaling threats to the broader population health of all pollinator species, including critical p...

#Fruit orchards, #Gardens, #Research, #Food forests, #Pick your own gardens

Tree health app - healthy city trees


Flanders is becoming increasingly paved. Especially in cities, concrete creates “heat islands” in the summer. City trees then play an important role. They provide cooling and improve urban livability. But are our trees still healthy? With the Tre...

#Public parks, #Landscapes, #Research

Fruit trees with a story


Stadsbomerij is a tree nursery in Almere (NL) where old and new fruit tree varieties and berry bushes are grown without the use of artificial fertilizers or pesticides. To give pests less of a chance to wreak havoc, everything is planted together in ...

#Fruit orchards, #Gardens, #Tree nurseries

Sint-Pietersinstituut Turnhout


A few years ago, the Sint-Pietersinstituut had typical gray monotonous plain as a playground where it quickly became too hot in the summer. Since then, the area around the school buildings was transformed into a climate-friendly playground where spor...


All trees have a passport at the Sint-Paulus School in Kortrijk


On the playground of the Sint-Paulus school in Kortrijk, the children come into contact with nature again. Playing and learning are paramount. Due to a goal oriented and sustainable process, the city school has successfully transformed its concrete f...


Plantsoon is committed to our next generation


Several municipalities and cities in Belgium gift newborns with a birth tree. You can plant this tree in your own garden or a 'birth forest' created by the municipality or city, where each parent can plant their personal birth tree. Plantsoon provid...

#Forests, #Public parks, #Gardens

Den Boogerd is creating a cooperative food forest


During the winter of '22-'23, Den Boogerd created a food forest of 0.7 ha in Zelem. They added berry, flower and herb beds and other types of fruit in shrubs, low and semi-standard varieties to its collection of apple trees. Together with the adjacen...

#Food forests, #Fruit orchards, #Pick your own gardens, #Schools

The 'crooked birch' is the first identifiable tree of the HOGENT


The 'crooked birch' is a concept on this college campus in Ghent and an important part of the Ecoshelter XL project. All employees can scan a QR code that gives them more information about the tree. HOGENT also wants to turn the 'crooked birch' into ...

#Schools, #Research, #Public parks, #Landscapes