Akeurizar is located in the Basque country near Bilbao in climate zone 9. The whole site is approx. 8.5 ha (20 acres), about half of which is dense shrubbery and young pine, willow and oak on land that was harvested for pine 8 years ago. There is also pasture and remnants of oak and beech woodland. This year we start our ambitious dream of converting about 1.5 ha of the pasture and parts most degraded by the former pine plantation into a food forest, leaving the other parts to nature. Roads and overhead cables mean that we can't have a continuous site, so the first food forest "Akeurizar East" will be between 0.5 and 0.8 ha on what is currently pasture.
Very excited that we can use the tools of “food from the forest” to do a baseline first, before any of the planting starts.