The method

More Trees Now transplants disadvantaged seedlings to promising sites. Every tree produces hundreds of seedlings every year. Most of these do not survive because they grow in places where they should not or cannot grow big. By carefully scooping out these seedlings in winter and giving them away, they grow into adults elsewhere. A logical, cheap, sustainable and fun way to grow more trees!

How does it worK?

Normally, trees and shrubs are purchased from a tree nursery. For many parties, this remains an important source of (certified) planting material. But there is also another source for planting material that is obvious but little used: nature! More Trees Now collects the surplus of young shrubs and trees in nature and green areas. We then redistribute them to, for example, farmers and food forests, or citizens who want to green their own environment faster. Stichting MEERGroen ( More Green Foundation) has been doing nature management using this method for years. 


From November to March, most plants are dormant and there is no movement of juices through the roots, branches and leaves. This is the time when you can harvest and transplant seedlings and cuttings without much trouble. Some you can just pull out of the ground by hand, others are loosened with a shovel. The most important thing is that the roots remain intact. Cuttings can be collected throughout the dormancy period, as long as they are planted before the end of March. This is when the sap streams get going.

Tree hub

You can immediately transplant the collected seedlings to a new location or ensile (heel) them until early spring. It doesn’t matter much, after all, the plants are dormant.

More Trees Now collects the trees and shrubs from different harvest days together in a Tree Hub. Tree hubs come in different shapes and sizes! From a smaller storage area in a vegetable garden, to a larger one at a business park, for example. You can store a lot of seedlings on a 100 m² plot!


The collected seedlings can be planted. Do you want to know which trees are most suitable for your location? Then use the Tree Finder. You can then use the Tree Planner to find which Tree Hub has the trees you are looking for available.

Volunteers also organize distribution days, where you can collect a mix of trees and shrubs. You can only collect what nature has in abundance. So there is no guarantee that the tree you want most is also available. We harvest many different varieties! Pioneer trees such as Maple, Birch, Willow, Black Alder, Ash, Beech and Oak are harvested most often. The Elderberry bush and Butterfly bush are cut most often.

The method