On Elburglaan, hidden in the forest, is the food forest Wielewaal. The forest with a variety of fruit and nut trees, fruits and herbs provides food for both humans and wildlife. It also forms a place where people can come together to learn from and with nature.
The land where you can find the food forest used to be part of an estate long inhabited by Frits Philips. In 2014, part of this land was transformed into a food forest on the initiative of Arjen de Vries. Maartje Meerman - Kreike later took over the coordination of the food forest. Together with a group of volunteers, they work in the food forest every week to further increase biodiversity and keep an eye on what the food forest needs.
Maartje's background is in nutrition and preventive health. The food forest serves as the perfect place for workshops and classes not only for Maartje and other the volunteers but also other people can hire the food forest. The plans for the food forest are to further expand activities so that it can serve as a social place, a network and a green classroom. The key here is to keep the forest in balance and to look at what the food forest gets in return. Slowly but surely, more and more residents in Eindhoven are finding this beautiful place to relax and learn.
Would you also like to volunteer at this food forest or learn in the green classroom? Take a look at the facebook page!