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Hollandse Hout

An extended section of arable land stretching out over some 80 hectares is being transformed into new woodland, with wonderful species of indigenous trees.

Status: Completed project

New forest in the Flevopolder

Hollandse Hout is a remarkable nature reserve situated between Lelystad and the Oostvaarder lakes in Flevoland province. Trees for All planted 48,000 trees in 2018/2019. Thanks in part to Trees for All’s efforts the area is being transformed into an attractive site for people and animals.

Why is this project necessary?

In order to reach the climate targets in the Neterlands we have to provide an impetus to biodiversity and create more forests. Together with Staatsbosbeheer we have transformed 12 hectares (in a total project of 80 ha) of agricultural land to mixed deciduous forest.

Hollandse Hout is intended as an incubator for more Dutch woodland. Staatsbosbeheer regards it as a gene bank to safeguard indigenous plant material resistant to sicknesses and climate change for the Netherlands. Over the coming years the area will be specifically cultivated to attract dragonflies, kingfishers and other water birds. Woodland fringes will be established offering food and a sheltered habitat to butterflies, songbirds and small mammals. Footpaths and several nature observation hides are also planned so that people can come and enjoy the wonderful indigenous tree species such as small-leaved lime, durmast oak and sweet cherry.

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This Trees for All project contributes to realizing multiple Sustainable Development Goals

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

Where did we plant?

The Hollandse Hout is a large forest area (895 ha) bordering de Oostvaardersplassen. It is part of some important ecological corridors in Flevoland. The forest was planted in the seventies and is relatively monotonous, with mainly fast-growing species like poplar, willows and common alder. The new forest will therefore increase the diversity in the area!

Our partners

This project has been realized in collaboration with Staatsbosbeheer.

Together with Staatsbosbeheer, Trees for All has transformed 12 hectares of agricultural land into a mixed deciduous forest.