More Trees Now is going to (re)plant 1 million trees this year! And you can help by donating seedlings from your own garden (or your neighbor’s or grandmother’s).
Every tree or shrub produces seedlings every year. But a backyard garden often doesn’t have room for all those seedlings to grow into mature trees or shrubs. But someone else would love to have them! Turn in your seedlings and cuttings and More Trees Now will make sure they get a good spot. This way, together we plant a million trees for climate and biodiversity!
Seedlings: Search the garden for seedlings of trees and shrubs between 50-200 centimeters tall. Remove the whole tree/shrub from soil with as much root as possible. You can shake off the root ball and don’t have to give it away. Scroll to the bottom of the page for help identifying your seedling.
Cuttings are also welcome! You can stick any branch of a willow, poplar, elder, butterfly bush or fig into the ground and a new tree or shrub will grow from it.
Elder, butterfly bush, fig, grape: prune the woody parts back into pieces of about 50-60 cm (or 4 nodes) and put them with bottoms in water or soil so they don’t dry out. Cuttings with a diameter of 2 cm do best.
Poplar, willow: cut or trim at an angle, preferably 2-3 meters long, when planted about 50 cm in soil.
Layoffs of blackberry, raspberry, ribes, gooseberry: cut off with root.
This map shows all tree hubs in the Netherlands. Contact them to turn in a tree or shrub. You can also pot the seedling, put it by the hub’s fence and send a message that there is an extra tree.
During planting season, when the saplings and shrubs have lost their leaves, it is not always easy to tell which species they are. Our first tip is therefore: take a good look at the surroundings. What other trees are there, and is it perhaps a seedling? Are there any leaves that you recognize? This often gets you a long way.
Observation usually does not immediately give the right species. That’s why on our harvest days we use a bud chart. This can be very handy. For it will happen to you that you are standing in the garden and can no longer distinguish your lovingly tended fruit tree from the seeded sweet chestnut…. Download the bud chart. If you can’t get there, the PlantNet app can also help you identify