Nuremberg plants a tree for each baby born last year

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The German city of Nuremberg has planted 5248 trees this year: one for each baby that was born in the city during 2020.

Mayor of Nuremberg Marcus König stated on social media: I would like to thank the Bavarian State Forest Enterprise for implementing this project together with us. This is where the conversion to climate-stable mixed forests takes place. Small seedlings were planted – including bird cherry, sycamore maple and winter linden. Also present today was Johannes Wurm, who heads the local forestry operation of the Bavarian State Forest Enterprise.

On July 1, 2005, the Bavarian State Forest Enterprise was established as a public-law institution with a purpose to manage the Bavarian state forest in a sustainable manner using defined criteria. It employs roughly 2,700 people to manage the entire Bavarian state forest, which covers an area of 808,000 hectares. Every year, 6.1 million cubic meters of trees are grown on this land, with about 5.2 million cubic meters being used sustainably.

This is not the first time this Bavarian city has taken an original approach to urban greening. Since 2007, Gingko 80 trees have been planted across Nuremberg’s urban area, each of which is devoted to one of the Declaration of Human Rights’ 30 paragraphs. The gingko tree is one of the world’s oldest trees, recognized for its resilience and persistence. As a result, it is an excellent metaphor for the effort and determination required to achieve universal acknowledgment of human rights.

Mayor Christian Vogel is responsible in his area on the one hand for Sör (which looks after street trees and green spaces), and on the other hand for the Nuremberg Zoo, which is responsible within the city administration for the city’s forest stock. Indeed, as a city, we are also purchasing additional forests so that we can also develop them in a climate-stable manner, mayor König stated.

Earlier this month, some 150 Christmas trees were donated to Nuremberg Zoo after the city’s world-famous Christmas market was canceled due to a rising number of coronavirus infections.

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