A new forest for Schleswig-Holstein
A new forest for Schleswig-Holstein
Only about 10 percent of the state of Schleswig-Holstein is covered by forest. This share is much too small in the opinion of Schleswig-Holstein's politicians, who would like to increase it to 12 percent. The toy manufacturer Gollnest & Kiesel from Güster in the Lauenburg district also agrees that the state needs far more forest areas. "But it will require a great deal of civic engagement," says Gerhard Gollnest, co-owner of Gollnest & Kiesel, "because the state won't be able to accomplish this task that quickly on its own."
This year, a new forest is to be created on the land of the Schleswig-Holstein state forestry authority at Scheelsberg in the Hüttener Berge nature park. "Every year we plant a tree for each newborn child in Schleswig-Holstein," explains Fritz-Rüdiger Kiesel. "This year there are a few more. 60,000 trees here in the Hüttener Berge nature park will demonstrate that we bear responsibility not only for ourselves, but also for the living conditions of the generations to come." It is important to both the owners of the largest toy manufacturer in northern Germany to support the idea of sustainability. Gollnest & Kiesel has been making the largest forest donations in this federal state for nearly 10 years, thereby highlighting the social and ecological responsibility of business enterprises.
Sessile oaks, copper beeches and a few old species of fruit tree
Some of these trees are being planted today on Friday 29th November 2013 by numerous children in the presence of representatives of Gollnest & Kiesel, the Globetrotter Foundation, the nature park supervisory bodies and the Schleswig-Holstein state forestry authorities in the Hüttener Berge nature park.
The Assistant Director of the Schleswig-Holstein state forestry authority (a public-law institution) thanked Gollnest & Kiesel for its exemplary commitment: "This is commendable community spirit in practice as well as being an ecological gain for this region and for Schleswig-Holstein as a whole," said Lutz Boucsein. "In order to achieve our goal of creating new woodland for Schleswig-Holstein more quickly, the state forestry authorities would be delighted to find more partners who contribute to environmental protection by binding carbon dioxide in wood," Boucsein went on to emphasise.
The Schleswig-Holstein state forestry authorities are providing an area of 10 hectares for the creation of new woodland in the Hüttener Berge nature park. Sessile oaks, copper beeches, red alders, white elms, red oaks, coast grand firs, Douglas firs and some indigenous shrubs as well as a few old species of fruit tree are to be planted on this area. With a forest share of only 10 percent, Schleswig-Holstein is the least wooded non-city state in Germany. Increasing the forest share to at least 12 percent is a task for generations. The forest is an important natural habitat, a valuable natural legacy and an indispensable resource for humanity. The forest shapes entire landscapes; it is home to countless animals and plants; it protects the climate, the water and the soil. Not only the forest in Germany is important for us, but also the forests in other regions around the world. The forest warms and clothes us, protecting us from cold and heat. As paper it carries and preserves information. We live in wooden buildings or under wooden roof timbers; we enjoy a home and garden culture which is "wooden" in many ways (tables, beds, chairs, windows, doors, cupboards, open fireplaces, etc.). Wood is a part of human history, and toys made of wood enable children to become part of this culture. Besides increasing forestry, important ecological goals are realised. CO2 is bound by forest growth as well as the use of wood as material, e.g. for construction. This is a precautionary aspect for the future of our children. "People also need intact recreation areas for their own regeneration. Wood is a wonderfully warm material, easy to work with and serves humanity in countless everyday tasks. Wood is a piece of human history," explain the two owners of the renowned toy company. Next year they once again want to commit themselves to a piece of new forest.
Minister-President Albig: state forestry authorities guarantee the preservation of forests
In a welcoming speech, Minister-President Torsten Albig thanks Gerhard Gollnest and Fritz-Rüdiger Kiesel for their great commitment and recalls a short period of time when plans existed for the privatisation of the state forests: "Fortunately, those plans soon came off the table again. As a public-law institution, our Schleswig-Holstein state forestry authorities are now a guarantee of forest preservation and forest maintenance."
The local member of the state parliament Daniel Günther (CDU) welcomes the initiative of the toy manufacturer: "I am very impressed with the generous donation made by the company to help the state achieve its goal of 12 percent forest share in Schleswig-Holstein. Thank you, Fritz-Rüdiger Kiesel and Gerhard Gollnest!"
Gollnest & Kiesel
Gollnest & Kiesel KG is one of Europe's leading manufacturers of wooden toys and the largest toy company in northern Germany. Its brands HEIMESS (wooden baby toys, made in Germany), goki, HOLZTIGER, ’cause and ANKER Stone Building Sets enjoy a high profile within the toy and gift item trade. The company was founded 32 years ago by its two owners. The HEIMESS brand has existed for over 50 years, and ANKER Steinbaukasten GmbH in Rudolstadt can trace its history back over 130 years. A total of more than 2,300 different products account for one of the most widely varied ranges anywhere in the toy industry.
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