Our vision and goals

In Central Europe, mixed deciduous forests have been decimated, primarily due to the fact that that they used to occur on habitats suitable for agriculture.About 75% of the original Central European mixed forest cover is estimated to be lost . The native mixed forests that once dominated the region have been gradually replaced during last two centuries, mostly by Scots pine monocultures. Yet mixed forests are more resistant to pests, climate change and other disturbances than those of single species, which succumb easily to such threats. They also shelter sensitive species such as beech that become vulnerable in warm, dry conditions.

 

 The Kids4Forests project aims to become a seed of a bigger movement, with a vision of getting schools systematically involved in reforesting degraded areas with mixed tree species in Central Europe. Within this project, financed by the Visegrad Fund, the Cherry Hill Forest Nursery school together with other forest (pre)schools helps establish and run a tree nursery where children along with their teachers learn the whole process from seedbed preparation and seed collection until planting and transplanting tree seedlings. Most seeds and seedlings are collected by children for the nursery from nearby forests.

 

 The nursery was set up in June 2018 and is planned to eventually provide all seedlings for kids-led reforestation projects in the vicinity. Tree nurseries will be replicated in partner sites and we plan to coordinate future children established tree nurseries and Kids4Forests reforestations in the region. During the 2018 Reforestation Camp in Poland, which took place in mid-October, partner schools came together to learn about tree plantings, help collect acorns and other seeds for the following spring plantation and help reforesting a degraded area in the vicinity with a thousand tree seedlings. A second major plantation of oak and other seedlings from the kids' nursery (which they collected and germinated) happens during spring 2019. Reforestation of selected degraded areas is planned every half a year afterwards. This project is not meant to be a one-off activity, but the seed that will sprout into a movement throughout the region with other kindergartens and schools including tree nurseries and tree planting into their curricula and eventually contributing to a substantial increase of reforestation in our countries.