Every step we take in 2020...
Every step we take as a company we calculate our CO² emission and compensate this in trees.
Trees that will help us maintaining our footprint in the future, but also the future of the next generation.
The natural benefits that trees offer us are numerous and diverse. They regulate our temperature, provide cleaner air and better water quality. They promote biodiversity and create visual buffers, infiltration of the water when there is too much and release it when there is is too little. They limit or prevent erosion and ensure natural balance (eg pollinators) and natural enemies of pests). And: they are favourite places to play and relax! Each tree is also an added value in the much-needed adaptation to our changing climate.
The functions that trees perform for us are also enhanced when they are in groups, creating a complex ecosystem that offers additional services, not just for the nature but also for our own well-being. Trees and forests are hotspots of biodiversity and hotspots for humans.
That is why every one should have access to (safe) walking distance from his place of residence at least one piece of accessible green. This is certainly crucial for children and young people. We establish, after all, that due to the changed social context of the past decades
autonomy to move freely is strongly restricted. An important part of our young people is in increasingly alienated from our nature and that is a trend that we absolutely must try to turn around. Because being outdoors and playing in the green is good for us!
Research has shown time and time again that children who still play enough outdoors in nature experience less stress or concentration problems and suffer less from hyperactivity, inappropriate behaviour or emotional problems. They are often healthier, physically and mentally
about better motor skills and exhibit less anxiety and better social skills. Children that time spending in nature will also make many discoveries and wonder / admiration / experienced for everything that lives around them. Research has shown that that wonder too
It is extremely important not to learn to see ourselves as the center of the universe, but as one of the many links in nature in which we live.
Moreover, these young people also take their affection and respect for nature to their later ones adult life. Reasons enough for the "nature-deficit disorder" as it is by the American author Richard Louv was named pro-actively in his famous book "The Last Child in the Forest"
try to counter. With the "Wonderwoudjes" we want to help make this endeavor concrete in the Flemish municipalities.
Through the "Wonderwoudjes" concept, We support BOS + that wants to support municipalities in creating small, accessible,
to create play-friendly and biodiverse green spaces with a view to offering them for all municipal residents that are optimized many functions - from biodiversity to climate regulation to recreation - can fulfill. During the implementation, importance is attached to the participation of local people
citizens, youth associations, schools, companies and governments.