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In cooperation with Landschap Overijssel, Trees for All facilitates the planting of new forests in Twente. 20,000 new trees will be planted in former agrarian grounds!

Status: Completed project

New forest in Twente

The diverse landscape in Twente is host to a great deal of biodiversity and high scenic value, which is enjoyed by many. However, this is no longer the case in all of Twente. In order to restore the landscape and nature we are going to cooperate with Landschap Overijssel in realising new forests in ten locations across Twente: more than 20,000 new trees will be added!

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trees and shrubs species

What makes this project necessary in Twente?

In many places the Twente landscape and its biodiversity have been harmed. Landschap Overijssel works on improving exactly these characteristics. By means of planting new trees, we restore the forests which are still there. A more robust, streamlined nature reserve will be realised, with a wide variety of indigenous species of trees which naturally belong there. The resulting forest will become a breeding ground for different species of animals, such as the white admiral, the yellowhammer and the badger. And we, as humans, may also benefit from the planting of these forests.


How to realise this?

We’re going to plant trees on former farmland across 10 different locations in Twente to restore forests and landscape elements. In total, 5 hectares of forest will be added, spread out over 8 hectares of land.

Besides that, we’re going to restore at least an additional 3 hectares of forest, forest edges and landscape elements. Several sections of forest that mostly feature only one species of tree, such as the Japanese Larch and Norway Spruce, have been troubled by drought and the European spruce bark beetle. Therefore, several indigenous broad-leaved tree species will be planted in these sections. In some windbreaks, foreign species are removed and replaced by indigenous shrubs. In addition, we’ll plant two lanes with oak trees and linden.

We are going to plant mixed, indigenous, deciduous forest. This will include hazel, hawthorn, field maple, fluttering elm, ash, large-leaved lime and common oak. Importantly, the new forests match well with the existing, adjacent forests, which improves the condition of the landscape.

Our aims

  • Strengthening and expanding forests in Twente
  • Strengthening and extending forests in the area
  • Realising robust, climate-proof nature
  • Conservation, strengthening and improving of biodiversity

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

11. Sustainable cities and communities
13. Climate action
15. Life on land
17. Partnership for the goals

Where are we planting?

New forests will be planted in four different parcels around Enschede.

Our partner

In this project we work together with Landschap Overijssel. This energetic organisation protects, develops and manages the Overijssel landscape with its extraordinary nature and specific regional history, valuable for humans, plants and animals as a habitat and a source of pleasure.

Hans Pohlmann

“With your donation we take a beautiful step in strengthening landscapes and nature in Twente!”

– Hans Pohlmann, Nature Manager at Landschap Overijssel