Jun 16, 2022
EcoTree plants first trees in Danish forests
On two pieces of land in Denmark, we have just planted the first saplings which, with time, will turn into lush, Danish forests.
Here at EcoTree, we have 38 forests around France. That’s a lot - but we want to reforest even more of European land.
We’re really proud to tell you that we’ve planted the very first trees in Danish soil! On our plots in Kalundborg and Thisted, we’ve already planted 45,000 trees during May this year.
In 1989, The Danish parliament set a goal to double the country’s forest area before 2065. That means forests should cover 25% of Denmark. Right now, about 14.5% of the country is made up of forest, so we are indeed making progress, but we’re not done yet!
With even more sustainable forest, we can protect and conserve local biodiversity, create more areas for humans to enjoy nature, and secure access to sustainable materials in the future.
Our land in Kalundborg is about an hour from Copenhagen, and consists of just over 5.5 hectares. If you go for a walk out there right now, it doesn’t really look like a forest like you might expect. But if you go closer, you’ll quickly spot the thousands of tree saplings planted in neat rows.
Our partners, Skovdyrkerne, are the ones who planted the trees, mainly oak, alder, hornbeam, forest apple, maple and Norway spruce. Even our graphic designer, Paula, got to try her hand at planting some trees!
Although it will take many years for the trees to grow big enough to be used for timber, in just a few years they will be home to lots of local plants and wildlife. As the trees grow, plants and flowers will sprout, insects will move in, and small animals will build nests and burrows around the forest.
We also have plans to build hives for honey bees on our land in Kalundborg. They will help pollinate the local plants and flowers and play an important role in conserving the biodiversity of the forest. You can also help bees at home - for example by planting flowers, learning more about bees or supporting our bee projects.
Our land in Thisted looks quite a lot greener, and it also has nice wetlands and meadows. We are working to maintain and expand these, so they can become even more thriving and safe homes for local flora and fauna.
The forest is just under 5 hectares, and is planted with maple, oak, winter oak, mountain ash and hawthorn.
There are cows on our land, grazing the meadows. They actually play a huge role when it comes to the local biodiversity. When the tall grass is grazed by the cows, other, lower plants and flowers emerge and get access to more sunlight.
As more flowers sprout, local wild bees have access to plenty of nectar and pollen, which they use for energy. This will also help attract even more bees and other pollinators to pollinate the trees, plants and flowers of the forest.
Help plant trees in Denmark
You can become the owner of your very own trees, planted in our Danish forests! Visit our TreeShop and choose the trees you like the most. Of course, you can also still buy trees in one of our many French forests. You’ll be supporting us in our mission to reforest Europe, and you’ll be helping the environment and biodiversity in local forests.