Het Appelland wants to realize orchards with the fundamentals of ecology in mind. That is very well possible! Before 1950, farmers always used the land for multiple purposes. Before 1900, a bongerd was called a ‘cues bongerd’: a bongerd where the young stock walked. It is not without reason that a standard tree counts 1.80 meters, that was to keep the young cows at a distance! The traditional bongerd is bordered by a veining hedge.
Het Appelland wants to get started with permaculture by creating gradients, both above and below ground. Appelland opts for as much variety as possible by planting a varied palette of thicket hedges, trees and corners. This not only increases biodiversity, but also attracts the right insects that are needed for natural pest control. Het Appelland also values the accessibility of the orchard and wants to spread the message of healthy food for local markets.
An orchard is a wonderful place to be. The Appelland envisions a romantic orchard, such as Van Gogh who could have painted. Walnut trees are beautiful trees that fit well in an orchard. That is why 5 different types of nut trees are planted. Beautiful benches will be placed around the trees so that people can stay and enjoy.