My Passion for Trees



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Huge, big, ancient old trees of at least 1000 or 2000 years old are my passion. I am very fascinated and inspired by them. I admire them and have a big respect and love for them, they are my friends. You can always find cover and comfort by the trees. Trees are an inspiration in the landscape because of the uniqueness and beauty. During my many travellings in England I visit all kind of ancient old and amazing trees and I haven't seen them all. On this website you can find all of my passion.


After 13 years of absence in working with trees professionally, my life is turned up side down: Since September the 4th, 2017, I had an intensive intern training to be an Treeinspector at the company Bomenwacht BV. As a Tree Safety Consultance. First a 4 month training and now a year apprenticeship. Exiting times ahead..!! And now I work for de Boominspecteurs as a Treeinspector. I am very happy to found the job I alway wanted to do!


Pollutants, such as particulate matter, exceeded especially along busy roads. Trees are effective in capturing harmful substances. A mature beech has 13 times more capacity to ‘catch’ particulate matter from the air than a young beech. A beech tree with a diameter of 20 cm is equal to what a car has produced of particulate matter, after 1800 km. Not only a beech tree can do it, Any other trees will do it.


If you can not plant a tree in your garden:


A fully ivy-covered wall of 16-17 m2 remove as much particulate matter as an average city tree.

(Source: De Bomenridders)



My company interviewed me for an article on their website:



Category - From trainee to tree inspector

21 february 2018 Knowledge and training, News, About Bomenwacht

Written by Sabine Roelofs


They received the necessary theoretical knowledge from Reindert van Braak for their choice, the trainees who participated in our learning program Kweekvijver. Afterwards they were allowed to put them into practice in real projects under the guidance of Erik Koppelaar. At the end of January, 4th trainees received the certificate Breeding Pond Training. They may now call themselves a tree consultant. The next time we follow Eric van Empelen and Hanneke de Bruijn in their work as tree inspector.


"I have enjoyed working in home care for 13 years", says Hanneke de Bruijn. "But even my clients encouraged me to do something with my passion for trees. I have that passion, thanks to my training college in Tropical Forestry, I have the knowledge, I had to do something with it now! "Our learning path Kweekvijver trains enthusiastic tree enthusiasts to become tree inspectors. Hanneke has gone through the process with a great shine!


Hanneke de Bruijn, Breeding pond (Name of learning program),


Big old trees

In 2004 she graduated at Van Hall Larenstein College in the direction of Tropical Forestry, part of the College Forest and Nature Management course. The crisis affected her, as did many others, and she rolled into home care. She could not express her passion for trees in her work, in her free time the trees were number 1. In the Netherlands the arboretum Trompenburg in Rotterdam is a favorite place. But also her holidays were - and are - in the sign of old monumental trees. "I go to England once or twice a year, looking for big, old trees. And especially the trees that I have read about, that I have seen on photos or that I saw passing by on television. This is how I read Thomas Pakenham's book Meeting with Remarkable Trees. Those photos, really fantastic! I just thought: 'Wow, I really want to see those trees!' And if you really stand next to such a tree in England, that feeling! I really feel a connection, I feel antiquity, nature. Super!"


The jitters to really make her passion her work, they remained. After 13 years of home care, the time was there. She searched, inquired and eventually found, via via, our learning program Kweekvijver. She applied, started the process and received a certificate a month ago. As a tree inspector she is now busy with her passion every day. "I now inspect about 300 trees in a day. If you told me this 5 months ago, I would have fallen off my seat! "


Theory, self-study, practice

Of course, an intensive process was preceded. "The theory lessons of Reindert (van Braak), self-study in the books and going out in the field/street to put the theory into practice: as far as I am concerned it is a golden combination! If, for example, Reindert had taught us about lateral grain failure in theory and that did not land well enough, we would go outside, looking for a tree with that kind of failure where Reindert would explain it again on the spot. Just as long as we realized, this is it. "Despite her studies and her passion, Hanneke thought it was quite exciting to start. "Do I really know anything about it? Can I do it? ` The result was not bad. I knew a lot, in the back of my mind. Although of course I have never been taught in this, and never finished learning"


It is a matter of making flying hours. And that will be fine in the coming period: Hanneke is now working full-time at De Boominspecteurs.





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My foto's


I put them in a seperated gallery. A collection of al my pictures from 2005 till now. Please take a look.


Cowdray Park, Midhurst, Sussex, UK.

GPS: 50°59'28.64"N, 0°42'0.60"W.

Bowthorpe Oak, Bourne, Lincolnshire, UK.

GPS: 52°43'32.39"N, 0°25'46.15"W 

The front page of my own made tree booklet.


A look inside of the booklet. 24 pages(14,5 x 10,5 cm)

Yew tree booklet 24 pages. (A5, 20x15 cm format) Only 8 English left.

 Weeping beech, Walcot, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, UK.

GPS: 52°54'12.56"N, 0°25'29.99"W.

My other passion is: Marillion


Marillion's latest album - available in the shops and from this website:



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