Gert Costermans


To achieve good yields of pome fruit and cherries, proper pollination is essential. Because the pollination of the blossoms has been more and more difficult in recent years, we decided to take part in the project ‘More nature for flavoursome fruit’. As part of the project, we planted a 300-metre long mixed hedge in our apple and cherry tree orchard. The aim was to shield our trees from the wind and to encourage beneficials and wild bees. All the many species in this hedge come into flower at different times, so that there is forage for the wild bees even after the flowering season. We have put out boxes for the wild bees to nest in, enabling them to build up and maintain a sustainable population in our orchards. We use selective plant protection products in our orchards so as not to harm the environment or the insects.

Gert Costermans

Pome fruit and cherry