Research project Using flower mixtures as a win-win situation for biodiversity and grower at open field tree nursery
FLOWER4TREES: using flower mixtures as a win-win situation for biodiversity and grower at open field tree nursery
Main research question
Can ready-to-use ground cover flower mixtures be composed that are specifically suited for the tree nursery sector in order to better stimulate biodiversity at the same time, while avoiding negative effects on tree nursery activity? This is the ambition of the Operational Group FLOWER4TREES in two use cases: (i) the area planted with green manure between two growing cycles and (ii) the strips between planted rows. On Flemish tree nurseries with outdoor crops, 1400 to 1700 ha could theoretically be (better) used in the context of biodiversity, but this potential is currently underused. Tree growers are willing to use this acreage to boost biodiversity.
This project utilizes the expertise of both nursery owners and researchers. Current flower mixtures are not adapted to the requirements of growers and cannot ensure the quality of the soil and their crops. Growers are looking for mixtures that prove their services in terms of biodiversity and also meet the necessary quality requirements. By bringing together the expertise of the partners within this Operational Group and gathering further knowledge, the growers aim to arrive at ready-made flower mixtures for both cases.
After the flower mixtures are created, demonstration and extensive dissemination is planned. The partners expect broad acceptance of the resulting ready-to-use flower mixtures within Flemish open-field tree nurseries.
Vlaamse Overheid Departement L&V