Having existed for more than 80 years, Van den Berk Nurseries is a family company that has grown impressively due to the love and care they put into their daily work, striving to produce the best quality plants. These are a fundamental factor for landscape architecture projects, and as such the commercial relation between IFLA EUROPE and Van den Berk Nurseries -which dates back to 2011- has become a fundamental part of our Federation.
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Goal of cooperation
During all these years, IFLA EU has striven to reach a deeper relation which would benefit both institutions. This regards the exchange of information and technical developments to allow more investigation by the designer and specifier to ensure the correct tree is chosen and that the specifications are provided to ensure ordering of the tree and its delivery, planting and aftercare are assisted by the provision of appropriate technical information. IFLA EUROPE feels positive that our joint aim is to ensure the quality of our projects, providing a holistic approach that bridges the gap between providers and designers, is being achieved. In recent years, Van den Berk Nurseries has been granted Corporate Membership, which is given solely to those institutions which support and promote the same objectives than IFLA EU acknowledging them in Van den Berk. We have to thank specially Pieter van den Berk for his unrelenting support, welcoming words and constant positive attitude for this achievements, which we hope will continue to develop in the future.
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About Van den Berk Nurseries
Van den Berk Nurseries specialises in medium size to mature trees and has a product range that consists more than 1600 varieties of deciduous trees, conifers, shrubs and rhododendrons. The company has developed a unique expertise in the cultivation of trees over three generations. The plots cover about 450 ha. with unique ornamental trees, grown for their architectural value, as well as uniform trees in large quantities. Van den Berk Nurseries is a supplier to (local) governments and landscape contractors all over Europe.
The company’s goal is not only to deliver high quality of trees, but also to contribute to good conditions for the trees at their final destination. Therefore Van den Berk often works in close cooperation with landscape architects, as this is the most ideal way to obtain the desired result. Not for just one year, but for the long term.
The right tree on the right location
The account team of Van den Berk can offer their clients expert advice on species, availability and suitability as well as on unloading, planting and aftercare. Van den Berk’s tree technician can give advice or even guide the planting process. From preparation of the planting location, the choice of planting system and the protocol for maintenance. The website contains information on 1600 species trees and shrubs, and a total of 6000 pictures. The numerous filters allow you to select the right tree for each site or situation.
Van den Berk also publishes a book called ‘Van den Berk on Trees’. The second edition was released in 2015 and its 1032 pages contain information on all species and cultivars used as avenue trees in Europe. A tool for designers of the urban landscape to choose the right tree. 1101 different trees are described into great detail and visualised with colour photographs. It is published in 4 languages, English, French, German and Dutch.
Sustainable and organic cultivation of trees
Van den Berk Nurseries cultivates sustainable trees in an environmentally friendly manner according to the requirements of the ‘On the way to Planetproof’ ecolabel. The cultivation method used is aimed at minimising the impact on the environment and producing strong, healthy and resilient trees. Some fields also have organic trees. This is an ongoing experiment and the quantity of fields with organic cultivation will be enlarged in the coming years.
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Share knowledge, become stronger
IFLA Europe is working towards the formation of a technical working group (TWG) whose aim is to investigate and develop solutions to current issues facing our global landscape and the planet as a ‘closed system’. We are currently developing a project focusing on technical aspects of trees (and vegetation in general) and their use in all situations and contexts. The operation of these technical working groups (TWGs) will help in providing technical assistance and guidance on procurement of materials used in landscape projects.