Companies, organizations and governments can come to us for tree (and shrub) planting. Our ecological and regenerative landscape designers (United Designers) have created a comprehensive plan in which we want to enrich the estate’s biodiversity as much as possible.
We consider the clients’ needs, budget and theme with each request and will provide a customized program, including planting materials, tools, snacks and refreshments (if desired), guidance, etc. We aim for as many native species as possible and preferably only plant trees if we can restore the entire ecosystem (e.g., by also planting the understory – such as shrubs and ground covers).
There are several locations where we can plant, including at the driveway. Our stately driveway contains 400 chestnuts, which are struggling. They fall prey to disease every year, so they do not grow optimally and will grow weaker and weaker. In addition, this space on the estate is a wonderful opportunity not only to create a beautiful experience, but also to regenerate through smart plant choices.
The chestnuts may remain so that they can provide support and shelter for the crimson limes we will plant between them.
The peculiarity of the lime tree is that it has an almost unlimited capacity for growth and regeneration of trunk and branches. As a result, the linden can live for more than a thousand years. This trait played a role in various beliefs, for example, to worship Freija or Mary. Also in honor of a birth, according to ancient custom, a lime tree is planted to carry this moment with it for centuries. The lime tree is a typical Dutch tree that has been found in our country for more than 5,000 years. However, in recent centuries you rarely find the linden in nature.
We were eager to make the driveway more biodiverse and asked United Designers for help. Besides planting 400 crimson lime trees, we choose to underplant with shrubs that have high ecological value, e.g. as edible plants for birds and animals, or useful for bees. In doing so, the driveway not only becomes a special experience for people, it also retains water, as well as nutrients, builds soil life, repels disease and attracts pollinators.