New nature in the Netherlands

Together with Stichting Nieuwe Natuure, Trees for All has realised 0.65 hecatres of forest.

Status: Completed project

Planting forests near to natural burial grounds

Together with Stichting Nieuwe Natuure, Trees for All has realised 0.65 hecatres of forest. The new forest borders the nature area Herperduin in Koolwijk and creates a gradual transition to the surrounding open landscape.

Why is this project necessary?

The goal of the ‘Koolwijk Nature Development’ project is to ensure a gradual transition from the Herperduin forest area to the adjoining open landscape. Because the existing forests is located on relatively poor soils it mainly consists of English oak, Scots pine and birch. This project will therefore increase the biodiversity in the area.

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Our goals

The area will be a deciduous forest with tree species that are suitable for the wet, sandy soil, such as English oak, European hornbeam, small-leaved lime, field elm and hazel. Via a beautiful edging of shrubs and a strip of rough grassland, the forest gradually changes to open, arid grassland. A belt of coppice will be created, with low shrub species like hazel, broom, wild rowan and blackthorn. This variety of species will ensure a higher diversity of ecological values and a more attractive landscape for people.

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 new forests has been realised in the vicinity of the Osse borough of Koolwijk in North Brabant, near to the Maashorst natural burial ground. In the past the plot was used for agriculture (corn and leak). The new forest border nature area Herpeduin and forms part of the Nature Network Brabant.

Our partners

Trees for All has entered an agreement with Stichting Nieuwe Natuur to plant develop new nature in the surrounding of natural burial grounds. Stichting Nieuwe Natuur is a joint initiative of Natuurbegraven Nederland and Natuurmonumenten. The foundation aims, just like Trees for All, to develop more high-quality nature in the Netherlands. The realize this by buying land that borders existing nature areas. Subsequently they implement the activities to create a natural system and maintain it for the generations to come.


The ‘Koolwijk Nature Development’ project is a collaboration between the Maashorst natural burial ground, Groen Ontwikkelfonds Brabant, the Province of Brabant, Natuurbegraven Nederland and Trees for All.

Foto’s: (C) Natuur Begraven Nederland

This variety of nature areas ensures a higher diversity of ecological values and a more attractive landscape for people.

Natuurbegraafplaats-Koolwijk