Bart Backaert is no stranger to the world of ‘ecology’. As a young boy, his parents did not know what wood to make arrows from and they sent him to horticultural school. Little did they know that his calling was there.
A world opened up for him and for more than 40 years he has been helping to build a ‘Green piece of Aalst’.
For more than 20 years he has been ‘chief brigadier’ as it is called, but he is a pioneer in the field of sustainability.
Let us say that we found each other in our rebellious way of thinking to really do things differently. Bart is the dream guide. A walking encyclopedia that has traveled the world. He is passionate about trees, equally concerned about how nature thrives and has a great talent for bold storytelling. His humor is infectious.
It is also wonderful to see how Aalst focuses on a more diverse nature life and maintains the balance between creating greenery and letting nature take its course. Together with his team, he transformed the city park into a flower field where rare orchids bloom. The forest, reed, mountain night and beetle orchid have already been seen here. It is not surprising that many other municipalities come knocking on the door to gain knowledge.
But behind the scenes he is building his own piece of paradise at home. His ‘Tiny Food Forest’ is his place to experiment.
A natural air conditioning, a plucky jungle, a CO2 storage, a botanical garden, a bird sanctuary, a paradise ……… The principles: no machines for maintenance = no noise, no fuel, no emissions,… .. Plants must be edible or usable: this is the case for 90%, other species serve to attract insects and birds.Bart Backaert
We sign up for that anyway. He will soon be working on our food forest projects. That makes us happy.
Bart in the media