six attractive (food) forest landscapes

Six attractive recipes for more biodiverse, climate-robust and nutrient-rich forest

Suppose you have a fruit orchard, or a regular dairy farm or an overly one-sided production forest, or you want to transfer your farm to the next generation? All very recognizable Dutch situtations.


Below you can click through to a "recipe" for six of those recognizable situations. This is never a blueprint, but an inspiration. You will find the story, but also a plant list and some interesting calculations. One step further, you can adapt that recipe to your situation and use it to make rough estimates. 


Choose a recipe

Watch the videos and brochure for all the background information on the recipes we have developed for each landscape.

Through the 'recipe' you will enter the tool where it can adjust the recipe for this landscape to your own situation. You can create a free account to save your entered and adjusted data as well.

In the Hollander family, the parents are handing over the land to the next generation who do not see themselves on the tractor but are eager to get started with a recreational food forest combined with a campground.

Landgoed de Dorskamp is right next to the built-up areas of Wageningen, Bennekom and Renkum and has great recreational pressure. How can you keep woods attractive to people while strengthening biodiversity?

A young couple becomes farmers on 25 acres of reed bed clay in Millingen a/d Rijn. They lease from Land from Us and build a modern mixed farm full of biodiversity. Of course, that includes five acres of productive food forest.

Welna Estate is a classic large forestry estate on the Veluwe. Here Probos is developing a recipe for more biodiverse, climate-robust forests of multiple value. 

Gerdien Dijkstra, Frank de Gram and Wouter van Eck set to work transforming a one-sided fruit orchard into a biodiverse and nutrient-rich forest landscape in five years. View the designs.

How do you start a food forest on land with a high water table? Like in Ederveen. Trees usually don't like too wet feet. See how we solved this.


Please note that these recipes are for inspiration. They are never blueprints that you can blindly apply to your situation. (Food) forests are always complex, living systems that interact with their environment, will most likely be subject to increasingly extreme weather, and must be designed with knowledge and skill. The interview below with designer Wouter van Eck elaborates on this. 

Project Partners

The Plant
Communication Office the Lynx
Foundation for Food Forestry
Welna country estate