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The biggest tree plant

What

Droughts, forest fires, and much stronger storms are being reported with increased frequency across the planet. People all over the world are coming to the realization that global warming is affecting all nations and these reoccurring disasters are the result.

We can't change the past, but we can prevent this from getting worse.
Any initiative, even small ones, will make a difference. All those small initiatives will add up to a meaningful impact.

The biggest tree plant was started as one of these small initiatives. We are aiming to plant 75 hectare (~185 acres) of fruit and nut bearing trees.
100 000 trees to

  • ⛱ī¸ provide shade
  • 🍐 provide food
  • 🏭 soak up CO2

This website is our attempt at promoting The biggest tree plant to increase its chances of succes 🙌.
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đŸĨ Why fruit and nut bearing trees?

Most of the trees will be planted on newly started food forests. If you've never heard of a food forest, you're in for a wild ride. A food forest, also called a forest garden, is a diverse planting of edible plants that attempts to mimic the ecosystems and patterns found in nature.

We all know how a natural forest looks. Large trees rising up, competing for sunlight, creating a cool and relatively dark place on the ground. But very few plants can survive down there. And since we can't eat trees, farmers have been clearing forests for millennia to grow edible crops.
Picture of a forest with large trees, not a lot of undergrowth, but there's a small path.
Modern agriculture has allowed us to populate the earth with over 7 Billion people while at the same time lowering the cost and labour requirements to bring food on our table. But the same system that feeds us, is also disrupting the natural balance and is threatening our long term food supply and ultimately our very survival. Farmers know this all too well and many are looking for ways of protecting their lands and income.
Picture taken from above of a combine machine, harvesting a dry field of grains.

There is a middleground here, an alternative. A place where you produce food, without the need to fight nature. A food forest focusses on producing food with trees and shrubs, similar to how an orchard works. But in stead of having one single species to produce one type of fruit, hundreds of different species are planted together. Apples, pears, walnut, raspberry, grapes.
Picture of pears hanging on a tree, one is almost perfect, the other has a fly on it and some dark spots, not every fruit is perfect.

Each species of plant fills a specific niche. Some, like walnuts, grow very tall. While others, like the raspberries, prefer the underbrush. But they all work together to create a balanced system. Setting up a food forest is a bit more complicated than starting your average farm, but unlike more traditional crops, trees don't have to be replanted every year. You can keep harvesting them, year after year. And they'll keep growing, capturing CO2 in the process.

🆘 How can I help?

The biggest tree plant organises planting days and team building events to get enough volunteers together to plant trees.
Picture of people planting trees.
They are also welcoming any form of donations. You can buy a tree-package (10EUR each) that will help the organisation fund the purchase of trees.

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💸 Where will my money go?

The transaction costs that our payment provider charges will be paid by myself (Matthias Van Woensel). That way, I can ensure that each EURO will be used by the biggest tree plant initiative.
All donations are visible at the bottom of this page.
Full disclosure: One of the participating food forest that will benefit from this initiative is the one my wife and I started last year (Gillis Bos). But any amount received through this website (giveatree.world) will be donated to the general initiative and will be used for all participating food forest.

We did our best summarizing the information. If you would like to know more about The The biggest tree plant but are unable to read Dutch, feel free to throw it through translation tool. The translated website results are pretty good.
Alternatively, feel free to connect with us directly for any questions you might have @ matthias at gillisbos.be

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