King’s Garden, Netherlands
King’s Garden is a mobile restoration initiative, with a mixed group of stakeholders collectively working on restoring biodiversity and cultural diversity in the landscape.
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Overview & Impact

King’s Garden was established in 2012 as a mobile restoration initiative, with a mixed group of farmers, other inhabitants, conservationists, policymakers, artists, and other creative people to collectively work on restoring biodiversity and cultural diversity in the landscape. Our work is currently concentrated on restoring biodiversity in Friesland, in the northern part of The Netherlands. Together with many enthusiastic landscape builders, we aim to restore a living landscape in which all forms of life will thrive. Their goal is to restore at least 1,000 hectares of herb-rich meadowland, water management systems, biodiverse farmyards, ecological restoration of roadsides, and many other biotopes that need restoration.

King’s Garden is working to restore herb-rich meadowland, biodiverse farmyards, and many other biotopes that need restoration. They are inspired and driven by the Godwit bird – known as King of the Meadows, and hence their namesake. The largest population of Godwits breed in the Netherlands, but sadly the Godwit is on the verge of extinction, so thriving ecosystems in this country are critical to its survival – and that of other species. The godwit is a symbol for all species that are threatened in our landscapes. King’s Garden brings together local communities to perform the restoration of the land together, also enhancing mutual understanding between farmers and non-farmers. King’s Garden connects people with places and wants to inspire them to help restore the region’s biodiversity.

Achievements & Partners

We have restored and planted sixty biodiverse food forests around (farm) houses in the middle of Friesland, using region-specific fruit trees and native plants. In addition to that, together with several initiatives throughout Friesland we have created 18 new biodiverse locations, varying from a green children’s school yard, to an island for black terns, to new herb-rich grassland, to an ecological garden of a theatre-church, and much more! King’s Garden is part of an organization called Kening, an alliance for a living landscape, and works in partnership with many other (green) organisations.

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Activities that need your support ​

Water retention
Tree planting
Food planting
Community building
Erosion prevention
Soil restoration
Cover cropping
Grassland management
Restoration of livelihoods

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