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Trees for All is joining forces with Stichting IJssellandschap to plant a climate-proof deciduous forest in Overijssel, the Netherlands. For the project, we will be restoring a total of 13 ha of Norway spruce forest.

Status: Completed project

Planting a mixed deciduous forest

In the first months of 2021, we transformed a badly damaged Norway spruce forest on the estate of Oostermaet into a climate-proof deciduous forest. A total of 2.5 ha has been planted with native tree species. In the Deventer region, we will restore another 11 ha of degraded forest in the coming year. This contributes to a forest ecosystem that can meet both current and future challenges.

Why is this project needed?

A large part of the Norway spruce forest in the Deventer region is badly damaged by the European spruce bark beetle (Ips Typographus). This beetle lays its eggs under the bark of a tree and as soon as the eggs hatch the larvae begin to feed on the tree’s wood. This leads to high tree mortality. Therefore we are transforming this former coniferous forest into a climate-proof deciduous forest, together with Stichting IJssellandschap.

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What we will be doing

The main aim of this new natural forest is to maintain and develop ecological values and natural processes in the forest. Stichting Ijssellandschap has therefore designated 13 hectares for planting a mixed deciduous forest. In total, approximately 30,000 trees and shrubs will be planted, spread over 8 different plots.

In order to increase biodiversity and vitality of the forest it is important to plant endemic tree species with rich insect life (e.g. English oak) and rich flowering (e.g. Rowan, Lime, Alder buckthorn). Furthermore trees have been planted that enrich the forest floor (e.g. Common hornbeam) and trees that are well suited to host birds of prey and mammals (e.g. Scots pine). This way we create a base for a vibrant and resilient forest that benefits both human and nature. A forest for the future.

Our goals in Overijssel

  • Replacing diseased Norway spruces

  • Transforming into natural forest with deciduous tree species

  • Increasing biodiversity by planting a variety of deciduous trees

  • Developing a sustainable forest structure and natural forest edges

This project of Trees for All contributes to several
Sustainable Development Goals

13. Climate action
15. Life on land
17. Partnership for the goals
3. Good health and well-being
6. Clean water and sanitation

Where are we planting?

The Norway spruce forest is located in the municipalities of Deventer and Raalte. The plots are divided over the sub-areas Wechelerveld, Kranenkamp, De Hoek Ankersmit, Wesselink, De Hoek Oostermaet and bossen Heeten.

Our partners

Since 1267 Stichting IJsselandschap, previously ‘de Verenigde Gestichten’, has managed and developed land, estates, farms and houses in the Deventer region. Through the centuries they have treated the land, nature, inhabitants and recreationists with care and respect. During this long period its assets have grown and increasingly served the inhabitants of both the cities and the rural areas. Stichting IJssellandschap therefore has a strong connection to the past. A past that serves as a source of inspiration for the future. A future in which we create space for innovation based on nature, sustainable agriculture, entrepreneurship and recreation.