Friesland

Along with the Friese Milieufederatie and Landschapsbeheer Friesland, we are making the beautiful Fryslân even greener. We are restoring and reinforcing the unique Frisian landscape with 92,000 new trees and shrubs. Would you like to help us?

Status: Current project

Reinforcing and restoring Frisian landscapes

Trees for All is working on making the beautiful Friesland even greener. Along with the Friese Milieufederatie and Landschapsbeheer Friesland, we’re planting a total of 92,000 new trees and shrubs. We’re doing so on the land of private landowners, spread over 48 villages and towns in the province.

It’s important to plant new trees and shrubs in order to conserve and reinforce the unique Frisian landscapes, and by doing so improve the habitat of numerous plants and animals! Furthermore, this project contributes to a greener agrarian area and to environmentally friendly agriculture.

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Why is this project in Friesland necessary?

You might have heard of the Forest Strategy, through which the Dutch State and all the Dutch provinces plan to plant 37,000 hectares of forest in the Netherlands within ten years. In the province of Friesland, the focus is on restoring and planting landscape elements, by which we mean the structures in the landscape like rows of trees, alder groves, orchards, hedgerows and copses.

Trees for All is helping to plant these landscape elements. This is a vital task, as the maintenance of landscape elements has deteriorated in recent years and some elements have even disappeared. This is a great shame, as it leads to the disappearance of unique landscapes that are typical of the region. And numerous plants and animals are deprived of their habitats. Furthermore, landscape elements contribute to environmentally friendly agriculture and healthy living conditions.

Plenty of reason, therefore, to breathe new life into the landscapes!

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Why is it so important to restore landscape elements?

  • They give a landscape a unique character that is typical of the region. What would the Frisian Woods be without alder groves, for example? And all these landscape elements also harbour a great deal of culture and history, which will be lost if the nature is not restored.
  • The trees and shrubs form the habitat of numerous plants and animals, such as tree sparrows, swallows, barn owls, bats and insects. They provide shelter and food for these creatures, as well as safe breeding places. And animals also use the landscape elements to move around from one area to another. Hedgehogs, for example, go from place to place via farmyards.
  • Landscape elements contribute to environmentally friendly agriculture, as they attract predators: animals that control pests naturally. They include bats, birds and ichneumon wasps, which feed on oak processionary caterpillars. Thanks to predators, fewer crop protection products need to be used. Better for the farmer’s pocket and better for the climate!
  • Landscape elements contribute to healthy living conditions. The trees and shrubs sequester carbon and capture nitrogen and particulates. They also retain water and provide oxygen, clean air and food.l.
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What are we going to do in Friesland?

Along with the Friese Milieufederatie, Landschapsbeheer Friesland and landowners, we are going to create and restore landscape elements, including orchards, hedgerows, shrubs, small copses and windbreaks. The landscape elements will be placed around farmyards or on the boundaries of agricultural plots, spread all over the province of Friesland.

100% of the trees and shrubs we’re planting will be native species, such as rowan, willow, alder, hawthorn, blackthorn, viburnum, privet, maple, hazel, elm, birch, oak and dogwood. These species are matched up with the planting location, the landscape and the soil. So the exact species we plant varies for each location.

There are two planting seasons: one in the autumn and winter of 2022-2023 and one in the autumn and winter of 2023-2024.

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This project contributes to several
Sustainable Development Goals

2. Zero hunger
13. Climate action
13. Climate action
15. Life on land
17. Partnership for the goals

Where are we going to plant?

The landscape elements will be placed around farmyards or on the boundaries of agricultural plots. We will be planting in various municipalities in the province of Friesland. To be precise, the planting locations are in the following 48 villages and towns:

Appelscha, Beetsterzwaag, Blauwhuis, Boijl, De Westereen, Donkerbroek, Drachtstercompanie, Dronryp, Elsloo, Franeker, Friesche Palen, Giekerk, Grou, Haule, Hitzum, Houtigehage, Jirnsum, Jorwert, Katlijk, Leeuwarden, Marrum, Menaam, Metslawier, Minnertsga, Nes, Nijeberkoop, Nijemirdum, Oentsjerk, Olderberkoop, Oosterwolde, Oostrom, Opeinde, Oudebiltzijl, Pietersbierum, Rohel, Rotsterhaule, Skingen, Sneek, Spannum, St. Nicolaasga, Sumar, Surhuisterveen, Tijnje, Warten, Wijnjewoude, Wjelsryp, Workum and Ysbrechtum.

Our partners

For the planning and coordination of this project, we are collaborating with the Stichting Friese Milieufederatie (FMF). And Landschapsbeheer Friesland (LBF) will be advising the landowners on drawing up the planting plan, the planting itself and the care of the trees and shrubs. The Province of Friesland and the Iepen Mienskipsfûns are also involved in the project. And finally, the participating municipalities, villages and towns will play a crucial role in planting and managing the trees and shrubs.

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