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Partnership Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds

The Faber Halbertsma Group Fund is an important new instrument in our aim to contribute to a cleaner, greener environment and a more sustainable, circular economy.

First Projects

In 2018, the Faber Halbertsma Group Fund selected its first projects, such as a memorial wood in Sint Maartenszee, Noord-Holland and the Tiny Forest initiative that aims to plant small, children-friendly, educational forests in intensely urbanised areas. All in all, the Faber Halbertsma Group Fund donated €50.000 in 2018. For 2019, the Fund has allocated €100.000.

Monumental trees for Brabant

Tree consultant Roel Vermeulen noticed that monumental solitary trees were slowly disappearing from the landscape, so he initiated a project where landowners donate space and the rest is arranged for them.

More insects and other animals use them than other trees and a monumental tree can grow to more than 100 times bigger than a tree in the forest.

New trees for Faia Brava

Faber Halbertsma Group, together with the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund, makes it possible to reforest a Portuguese nature reserve: Faia Brava. This 1000 hectare nature reserve is located in the northeast of Portugal. The area is extremely rich in animal and plant species and is managed by the Portuguese nature conservation organization Associação Transumância e Natureza (ATN). ATN is affiliated with Rewilding Europe. The goal is to create 1 million hectares of wilderness in Europe by 2020 - including in Faia Brava.

Heg-en-Landschap Bemmel

Setting up and implementing ecologically responsible and financially feasible management of hazelwood. Hazelwood is a forgotten application and has a number of neglected plots with this historic type of wood. The aim of this three-year pilot is to gain knowledge and skills for harvesting, managing and processing the wood into marketable products. At the end of this pilot, a concise manual will be compiled for nature and landscape organizations, volunteers, estates and other organizations that own or manage hazelwood.

What is special about this project is that it aims to restore and manage in a sustainable and ecologically responsible way.

Tiny Forest Groendomein Wasven

The construction of a Tiny Forest in the Tongelre district in Eindhoven. A Tiny Forest is a small and densely native forest in urban residential areas. This forest, the size of a tennis court, provides cooling, attracts fauna, teaches children about nature and is a meeting place for local residents. The ultimate goal is to have 100 Tiny Forests installed throughout the Netherlands in three years.

The foundation, a volunteer organization, wants to build a Tiny Forest and a bird forest to increase the biodiversity in the area on a vacant site next to a place where 300 student residences are being built.

Urban Street Forest

Stichting Urban Street Forest uses vertical greening in cities as a lever to plant as many trees as possible in deserted areas.

In cities we plant trees and plants on balconies. We do this together with the children, local residents, artists, shopkeepers, entrepreneurs and organizations in that neighborhood.

For every tree in the city we plant at least one tree together with farmers in agroforestry projects to combat desertification.

Memorial Forest at Het Wildrijk

Het Wildrijk is a small, but very special forest area in Sint Maartenszee in the Dutch province of Noord-Holland. Faber Halbertsma Fund contributed to the recent revitalisation of the forest and the realisation of a new area: the Forest of Embracement. Here, people can plant memorial trees, in memory of children who have passed away.

Part of the revitalisation effort is an information sign that is placed at the entrance of the Wildrijk forest.

Baarnsche Bomen Trust

From tree to valuable reminder: by reusing local sustainable timber to tables, benches and smaller utensils and cutting boards and bowls for example, the foundation Baarnsche Trees aims to provide practical examples to municipalities on how to process sustainable and locally harvested timber.

What is special about this project is that this is an initiative of citizens who want to initiate a sustainable change.

The Future

Being an internationally oriented company, Faber Halbertsma Group hopes to bring the cooperation with the Prins Bernhard Culture Fund to other parts of Europe. Not surprisingly, timber and wood will be a recurring theme in the projects that the Fund will support. Increasing the sustainability of forestry, reducing carbon dioxide emissions, stimulating diversity and improving nature values are among the primary objectives.

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