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Sunday, 03 June 2012 19:53

We are happy to report that our tree planting in  the Foręt de Soignes / Zoniënwoud on 18 March was a complete success. More than 500 of you joined us and planted nearly 2,500 trees! Our heartfelt thanks to all you who came along or contributed. You can browse though some pictures of the event in our online album.

the sunbeams tree planting event on 20 March was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who pledged trees came along - especially the sunshine! A full report will be posted here soon. In the meantime you can see some photos in our picasa album - - check back regularly as we will be updating it with photos as they come in.

Thursday, 17 March 2011 16:57

tree planting event 2011 - information pack

Following is some useful information in preperation for the tree planting event on 20 March 2011.



Copy_of_VBV_logoThe tree planting event is organised by sunbeams with the technical assistance of the Flemish Forestry Association (VBV - Vereniging voor Bos in Vlaanderen) and the support of the King Baudouin Foundation (BreXpat), the Agency for Nature and Forest, and the Flemish Government.


The forest will be planted in the village of Oetingen, which is in the commune of Gooik, 20km west of Brussels.

The address of the site is Frankrijkstraat 10, however there will be limited parking in the adjacent streets so we encourage you to park in the town square (Kerkplein, 1755 Gooik - Lat. Long. 50?46'23.22"N  4?03'47.76"E or 50.77305334702715,4.063235521316528) which is a short walk from the site. The walking route will be signposted for you.

Public Transport

You can travel to the site on public transport from Brussels Station in an hours, using a train and 2 buses. Trains depart about every 2 hours.
You can use the De Lijn journey planner to plan your route. 
The destination information is:
Aankomst gemeente: GOOIK
Nr. 10


The event takes place between 10.00 and 16.00 on Sunday 20 March 2011 and you may come whenever suits you. Larger groups have been asked to co-ordinate their arrival with us to avoid too many people arriving at the same time. There will be a formal welcome for several dignitaries at 11.30.

Clothing & Footwear

We have arranged that it will not rain on Sunday and the temperature will be moderate, however please keep in mind that you will be in a field with long grass so please dress suitably and wear sturdy, waterproof footwear.


On arrival please go to the registration tents where you will be given the appropriate number of tags for your trees.


If you have not yet paid for your tree(s) please be prepared to pay with cash on the day. If you have made a transfer since Wednesday please bring a copy as proof of payment.


After registration you will be given a short demonstration on how best to plant your tree(s). The holes will be prepared in advance and spades will be available for your use.


Once you have planted your tree(s) you are welcome to stay and enjoy the atmosphere for as long as you like. Several organisations will have stands for you to visit, including: (bio-basket delivery, with hot soup to sample!), Brussels Gardener's Club (gardening), Jeugdbond Voor Natuur (Nature), Vogelbescherming Vlaanderen (Birds),

Thursday, 10 March 2011 23:24

Tree Planting - CO2 Offsetting

As well as making Belgium greener, planting trees with sunbeams will help reduce your carbon footprint. Here are some facts about CO2:

  • Europe produces the equivalent of 9 tonnes of CO2 per person per year (so everybody should plant 40 trees!)
  • 1 tree represents roughly 0.2 tonnes of CO2  saved per year
  • Which is approximately the CO2 produced by:
    • 1 return flight Brussels-Dublin
    • 1,000km in an average car (Volkswagen Golf)
    • generating 350kWh of electricity – the average person in Belgium uses 2,263kWh per year (6.5 trees) whilst in Germany it’s only 1,533kWh (4.4 trees)

Please note that the figures above are only intended as a rough guide. The amount of CO2 produced various means varies greatly and the amount of CO2 absorbed by trees also varies based on species, location, age etc.

WHAT: The 2nd Sunbeams tree planting event! As a contribution to the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Billion Tree Campaign, Belgians and expatriates of all ages will join forces in Gooik on Sunday, March 20th, 2011 to plant a forest of several thousand trees in a single day. The initiative is organized by Sunbeams with the technical assistance of the forest association of Flanders or Vereniging voor Bos in Vlaanderen (VBV). This initiative is supported by the King Baudouin Foundation (BreXpat), the Agency for Nature and Forest, and the Flemish Government.

As well as planting a forest in Belgium, participants at this Sunbeams event will be making a financial contribution to the planting of a green corridor in the Republic of the Congo, a project organized by Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots program.

Media attending the event will be able to:

  • Interview tthe EC Commissioner for Environment (Mr. Janez Poto?nik), the British Ambassador, (Mr. Jonathan Brenton), the Slovene Ambassador (Mrs. Anita Pipan), the founder and president of Sunbeams (Mrs. Ilke Pedersen-Beyst), the representative of UNEP (Mrs. Cecilia Morales), the director of the VBV (Mr. Bert De Somviele), and other key guests, including a delegation from the Slovenian Embassy who will be commemorating their national independence.
  • Take human interest video or photographs of the event organizers, the site of the new forest, and event participants, including children from many Belgian and international schools actively planting trees together.

WHEN: 11.30 a.m. on Sunday, March 20th, 2011 (Official Welcome)

WHERE: Frankrijkstraat 10, 1755 Gooik.

WHO: Sunbeams is a not-for-profit association that helps people living in Belgium take practical steps towards living a more environmentally-responsible lifestyle.

The VBV (Vereniging voor Bos in Vlaanderen) is a key European participant in UNEP’s Billion Tree Campaign and has pledged to plant 1 million trees in Flanders. They provide the technical support to the Sunbeams event.

UNEP is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system. Its Billion Tree Campaign is a tree planting initiative that has already seen over 10 billion trees planted worldwide.

TO ATTEND: To register your interest in attending this event, please contact Ilke Pedersen-Beyst: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (+32 (0)488 878 014).


The European Union Commissioner for the Environment, Mr Janez Potocnik, will be amongst the participants at the 2nd 'plant a forest with sunbeams' event, which takes place on Sunday 20 March 2011 in Gooik, 20km west of Brussels.The Commissioner will join other members and officials of the Slovenian community in Belgium to plant 50 Lime trees to celebrate Slovenian national day.

In March 2010 expats and Belgians came together for the first 'plant a fores't with sunbeams' event. Over 2,000 trees were planted in one day and are now bursting back into life with the return of spring. 

This year we have secured a bigger plot of land and hope to plant many more trees. As well as having a tree panted in your name, participating at the event cancontribute to offsetting your carbon emissions. You can either come along to the event and plant your own trees, or let us plant the tree for you and dedicate it to you or somebody special. It's a great way to commerate a special event or remember someone special.

The event is open to all and full details can be found here.

Your can see coverage of last year's event here.

Thursday, 03 March 2011 11:48

sunbeams tpe credit card payment

sunbeams tree planting event - credit card payment

If you prefer to pay for your trees by credit card you may do so using paypal using the button below.
However in this case please note that, due to credit card processing fees, we have to add 10% to the cost of each tree.


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Friday, 04 February 2011 22:21

Sunbeams Sprouting Workshop

sprouting2Sunbeams is holding a free 'sprouting' workshop for anyone interested in learning how to sprout their own seeds
and beans for tasty, fresh and nutritious food that is easy to make at home.

Wednesday, 09 February 2011, 09:15 - 10:30

The workshop wil be held at:

International Montessori School,
Bergestraat 24,
3080 Tervuren

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Saturday, 15 January 2011 21:58

TPE 2011 Registration

Register now to reserve you tree(s) at the sunbeams Tree Planting Event on March 20th, 2011.

We are using 'Eventbrite' to handle registration for this event, after filling in the form below you will be taken their site to complete your purchase.

If you do not wish to pay by credit card, you can pay by bank transfer, or in cash on the day, by selecting 'show other payment methods' below.

[If the form below does not display properly, you can visit the event page here]

Friday, 21 January 2011 21:13

Sunbeams Nature Workshop - Birds in Winter

sunbeams nature workshopSunbeams Nature Workshop - Birds in Winter

30. January, 13.00h - 16.00h,

For children aged 7 and up.

Fee: 15€

Learn how to identify birds that stay during the winter and how to attract them to your garden, nature walk with winter bird survey.workshop_flyer

More information:



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