The aim is to do afforestation projects with a twist, wherever the size of the area permits it, they are going to plant giant forest pictures (Nazca line style) displayed by the use of different tree species. This spring we have already planted a thousand sessile oak trees in a project nicknamed ‘The Forest of Family and Friends’ where the bulk of the donations were offered to create a living and everlasting memento of life’s big events (Birth of a child, marriage, retirement, birthday etc).
Our forests are being planted not in far flung places but in the EU. The exact location of each future forest is displayed on Google maps in the project’s description. We actively encourage our donors to visit the forests they helped to create.
In earlier discussions, we have expressed willingness to plant an “EU forest” with “EU” displayed in giant Nazca-line-styled forest picture. We were thinking about creating a tradition to plant forests for major events in EU service e.g. beginning of service, retirement, 10, 20, 30 years of service anniversaries.
EU staff members are kindly invited to send their fundraising suggestions for the EU forest project to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, with just a few clicks you can support one of their running projects at www.fundaforest.eu.
What trees/forests do we plant?
As a general rule, we try to mimic the tree composition of the local and regional forests. Wherever possible, we use native, long-lived, broad-leaved, tree species such as Oak (Quercus) or Lime (Tilia) to create new forests growing into resilient habitats. Even our smallest plantation has at least two tree species.
We never plant invasive or alien tree species. We also have a strong preference for multipurpose trees which, besides absorbing tonnes of CO2 and releasing tonnes of oxygen, also serve as bee pastures, food sources and nesting/hiding places for a wide range of wild animals.
What type of land is used for Land Art forests?
We use degraded, polluted, hard to access and low productivity agricultural land to plant our forests in order to avoid limiting food production on prime agricultural areas. Remember, somebody, somehow has to feed those soon-to-be 9 billion humans on Earth.
See some pictures by Ildiko Nagyalmos.
If interested, contact Generation 2004’s functional mailbox (à insert link), we’ll put you in contact with the colleagues involved.