Natuurplaats Binnenbos is open to anyone who is looking for a deeper connection with themselves, each other and nature. Immerse yourself in the healing forests and feed yourself with pure nature.
In 2019 ForestPeace Foundation (a foundation linked to Fred Foundation) purchased 83 hectares of nature reserve in the municipality Driebergen-Rijsenburg in the Netherlands. The estate was formerly known as Sterkenburg Nature Reserve and Hofstede Peppelkamp. We have given the estate a new Dutch name: ‘Natuurplaats Binnenbos’ which is best translated as ‘Nature Reserve Innerforest’. One third of the total area of 83 hectares is cultivated land and two thirds natural land. Most of these grounds, 77 hectares, were part of the Sterkenburg estate and are located between Langbroekerwetering, Broekweg and Zuwe.
Natuurplaats Binnenbos is a unique combination of forest, natural grassland and cultivated land. The site offers numerous possibilities for using cultivated land in such a way as to provide people with a rich experience of nature. It has the potential to become a place where awareness and the experience of nature go hand in hand with nature education; a valuable experience for people from all walks of life.
Plans for the creation of a food forest are currently being worked out in greater detail. In addition to a food forest, we are also considering a vegetable garden, a flower garden for bees, butterflies and other insects, and a recreational area centered around a meeting place.
We also want to pay specific attention to target groups such as refugees and people with limited access to the labour market, or those who have a temporary or ongoing care issue. By supporting them on the land, in the forest or at the meeting place, we hope to help them reconnect with themselves, improve their self-worth and contribute to making the world a better place, enabling them to return to their full strength.
Our fundamental principle is to manage the acquired estate in such a way that nature is allowed to take its course as much as possible. Management is necessary, but people must be at the service of nature rather than the other way around. Every person, every plant, every tree and every animal is equally important here and deserves a healthy life. On the estate, we therefore don’t use pesticides and we respect all animals. In the forest every plant and tree takes its own course. As a result, you can enjoy breathtaking forests, rich grasslands, clean air, clear water, pure food and endless beautiful trees, plants, animals and insects.
Fred Foundation organizes many wonderful nature programs in Natuurplaats Binnenbos. Find out more and visit Natuurplaats Binnenbos.