More trees planted across the Netherlands

12 municipalities are going to plant what they call “tiny (or mini) forests”, in order a bring a bit more greenery to our cities. These tiny forests are going to be around the same size as a tennis court and not only will make our cities look nicer, but it also will also help prevent flooding (trees store water – helps if there is a lot of rainfall) and also contribute to biodiversity. This is a collaboration between them and the nature organisation IVN.

You may have noticed that there is already some forested places like these in some cities, but this is the first time that this has happened on a larger scale. So far there will be a variety of more than 40 native trees and bushes – so the place is going to look really nice.

Good news for tree huggers everywhere!

 

What is the purpose?

Apart from the obvious things like being helpful to our planet and also help with extreme rain downpours (which are few and far between at the moment), it also provides a space where children can learn about the importance of these mini forests. They plan to hold lessons there for children. They also hope that it will bring more animals to these areas and give them a space to live – something that has become of great importance, especially as we are taking up green space to build homes. After they have been planted, they are going to keep tabs and research the area to see if more animals are there.

So, where will they be planted?

Almere, Alphen aan den Rijn, Apeldoorn, Den Bosch, Goes, Groningen, Hardenberg, Leiden, Maastricht, Meppel, Uithoorn and Utrecht. So basically all over!

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