How could it be otherwise, Bos+ draws the map of the forests. Their main concern is that what little forest we have left in Flanders is disappearing.
You can go there for tips and advice about the legislation. They are, of course, pre-eminent specialists when it comes to forest land. But pay attention, if you put a pile of trees together on any ground and it looks like a forest, you also fall under the forest decree. So if you don’t take this into account, you can accidentally even on agricultural land suddenly have to deal with the forest decree rules.
You can contact Bos+ for your design if you are not completely sure. So that can be useful. This is the place to be, especially if you want to start from an existing piece of forest.
But now it gets interesting. If you have a piece of land of more than half a hectare, you can also apply for a support fund through them.
BOS+ collects financial resources in the Climate Forest Fund. These resources come from sponsoring companies and private donors and serve to stimulate forest expansion in Flanders. With the Climate Forest Fund, BOS+ supports various types of forest expansion, including food forests. This applies to individuals, private organizations and public organisations. Below is some more information about the conditions for creating a food forest and an explanation of how a collaboration with BOS+ is established.
From a planting plan, permit applications and subsidy applications to even planting with a planting campaign: BOS+ is your ideal partner for realizing a food forest. And last but not least: you will receive a maximum of € 5650/hectare or € 25 per tree on top of financial support.
What are the conditions for creating a food forest?
To be eligible for sponsorship of your own food forest, you must meet a number of general conditions. For starters, it’s important that the plantings you plan to do are not eligible for additional sponsorship. In this way we want to guarantee that we give everyone equal opportunities and resources for planting a food forest. In addition, it is extremely important for BOS+ that the food forest is granted a long life. To guarantee this, they conclude an agreement with you, which states that it must last for at least 25 years.
The planting of a food forest can, if you wish, be accompanied by a short press moment. This is a plus and can make you more likely to get sponsorships than others. The planting campaign is supervised by them, so that it is ensured that the ecological carrying capacity of the site is not exceeded. BOS+ also always provides feedback for your permission for the plans. They work exclusively with native species.
Furthermore, it must concern a new food forest in Flanders, compensatory afforestation for deforestation elsewhere, in other words not supported by BOS+. In this way they ensure that only forest is added and valuable existing forest is preserved.
You can also contact bos+ if you want to create an ordinary company forest at very democratic prices. So be sure to check out their website. Of course we prefer an edible ‘tasty piece’ of nature because that connects people. But better one tree than no tree, we think.