The landscape in the agricultural region Haspengouw in Belgium is characterized by its apple and fruit trees. One of the main tourist attractions in the region are the blossoms on the fruit trees during springtime. Their main purpose of course is the production of fruit. As the productivity of the fruit trees is pushed to its limits the life cycle of the pear and especially apple trees decreases over time. Apple trees last about 10 years before their productivity decreases. At this point fruit farmers cut down the apple trees and replace them with new ones. Haspenwood – a company that researches and develops apple wood applications – estimates that around 800.000 apple trees are cut down every year. Although the apple trees are considered a waste product of the fruit industry they are a natural and renewable resource that can be used for different purposes. Currently the fruit farmers mainly use apple wood as firewood. The diameters of the trees are rather small making them unsuitable as a construction material. But more sustainable scenarios for using apple wood can still be explore; Apple wood as a biomass resource for energy production through pyrolysis,  Apple wood as a taste enhancer for cider production. Apple wood as a material for craft based applications, Apple wood as a resource for shiitake production, …