by Tina Olivero

THE WALKING FOREST – How 1000 volunteers created a mobile greener city


The Dutch city of Leeuwarden has recently been the focus of attention thanks to an unusual initiative that brings a renewed sence of nature and greenery to the city streets. A group of over 1000 volunteers has created a “walking forest,” a mobile forest made up of 1000 trees that can be moved around the city and serve as a model for a greener future.

The project, which began in 2018, was inspired by the desire to create a more sustainable and ecologically sound urban environment. The volunteers came from all walks of life and backgrounds, united by their common goal of making Leeuwarden a more livable and sustainable city. They scoured nearby forests to find the best trees for their project and worked tirelessly to gather the trees and prepare them for planting.

The walking forest is made up of trees planted in wheelbarrows, allowing them to be moved around the city easily. The trees are planted in a variety of locations, including streets, public spaces, and parks, creating a “green wave” that moves through the city over time. The mobile forest is not just a beautiful sight, but also an innovative solution to the problem of creating green spaces in densely populated urban areas.


The walking forest has been a hit with residents of Leeuwarden, who appreciate the benefits of living in a greener environment. The trees not only beautify the city’s streets but also help to mitigate air pollution and noise. The mobile forest also serves as a model for other cities looking to create a greener future.

The walking forest initiative is part of a larger effort by Leeuwarden to become a more sustainable and livable city. The city has implemented a number of policies aimed at reducing carbon emissions, promoting renewable energy, and creating green spaces. The walking forest is just one example of how the city is taking a creative and innovative approach to achieving these goals.

In addition to the environmental benefits, the walking forest initiative has also had a positive impact on the community. The volunteers who created the walking forest have formed a tight-knit community of like-minded individuals, united by their passion for sustainability and the environment. The project has also brought together residents of Leeuwarden, who share a common vision of a greener and more livable city.


The walking forest has garnered international attention, with cities around the world expressing interest in replicating the project. The initiative has been recognized with a number of awards, including the Dutch Design Award and the Green Solutions Award.

The walking forest of Leeuwarden is a testament to the power of community and innovation in creating a greener future. By mobilizing a group of over 1000 volunteers, the city has shown that it is possible to create sustainable and livable urban environments that benefit both people and the planet. As more cities around the world face the challenges of climate change and urbanization, the walking forest serves as an inspiring example of what can be achieved through creativity, innovation, and community spirit.


Tina Olivero

30 years ago, Tina Olivero looked into the future and saw an opportunity to make a difference for her province and people. That difference came in the form of the oil and gas sector. Six years before there was even a drop of oil brought to the shores of Newfoundland, she founded The Oil and Gas Magazine (THE OGM) from a back room in her home on Signal Hill Road, in St. John’s, Newfoundland. A single mother, no financing, no previous journalism or oil and gas experience, she forged ahead, with a creative vision and one heck of a heaping dose of sheer determination. With her pioneering spirit, Ms. Olivero developed a magazine that would educate, inspire, motivate and entertain oil and gas readers around the world — She prides herself in marketing and promoting our province and resources in unprecedented ways. The OGM is a magazine that focuses on our projects, our people, our opportunities and ultimately becomes the bridge to new energy outcomes and a sustainable new energy world. Now diversifying into the communications realms, a natural progression from the Magazine, The OGM now offers an entirely new division - Oil & Gas Media. Today, The Oil and Gas Magazine is a global phenomenon that operates not only in Newfoundland, but also in Calgary and is read by oil and gas enthusiasts in Norway, Aberdeen, across the US and as far reaching as Abu Dhabi, in the Middle East. Believing that Energy is everyone’s business, Ms. Olivero has combined energy + culture to embrace the worlds commitment to a balance of work and home life as well as fostering a foundation for health and well being. In this era of growth and development business and lifestyle are an eloquent mix, there is no beginning or end. Partnering with over 90 oil and gas exhibitions and conferences around the world, Ms. Olivero's role as a Global Visionary is to embrace communication in a way that fosters oil and gas business and industry growth in new and creative ways.

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