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Becom­ing active for Dres­den – Kiwigrid plants new city for­est

On Novem­ber 29th the last plant event of “Mein Baum, mein Dres­den” took place. The aim was to bring sev­er­al hun­dred oaks, cher­ry trees etc. into the loamy soil on the DVB open-air ground at the Pen­nrich track loop. The pro­tag­o­nists: count­less tree seedlings, over 50 spades, water­ing cans and above all many help­ing hands. Instruc­tions were giv­en by the expe­ri­enced plant­i­ng pro­fes­sion­als of the non-prof­it foun­da­tion “Wilder­ness Inter­na­tion­al”.

We’re in — not just finan­cial­ly, but active­ly!” Kiwigrid Man­ag­ing Direc­tor Matthias Her­tel already made this promise dur­ing the cur­rent crowd­fund­ing round of Germany’s largest tree plant­i­ng cam­paign “Mein Baum, mein Dres­den”. On 29 Novem­ber 2019, Her­tel, his part­ner Janek Schuf­fen­hauer and five oth­er Kiwis took the spade in their hands. What at the begin­ning was only a colour­ful­ly spot­ted lawn was to be a new city for­est a few hours lat­er. How did this suc­ceed? In addi­tion to Kiwigrid, oth­er vol­un­teers from Dres­den and the sur­round­ing area took part in the cam­paign. Inter­est­ing: the colour­ful lawn spots served as a plant map for the dif­fer­ent tree species — because only the bal­anced plant dis­tri­b­u­tion makes a real city for­est. Until the sen­si­tive seedlings are root­ed in, “Wilder­ness Inter­na­tion­al” wants to take care of the pro­fes­sion­al cul­ti­va­tion and care itself. New plant events are not planned until autumn 2020.

Mein Baum, mein Dres­den“ is dri­ven by the pro­mo­tion of healthy coop­er­a­tion among friends, neigh­bours and col­leagues. Con­trary to the atti­tude “I can’t do any­thing after all”. the com­mu­ni­ty makes an active con­tri­bu­tion to the sus­tain­able improve­ment of the envi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions and thus the qual­i­ty of life in the region. More infor­ma­tion about the project can be found at Mein Baum, mein Dres­den.