Posted on April 12 2019
In just over two years, we have planted over 160,000 trees - all over the world, but never on European soil. This changed on 30 March when, together with 50 motivated volunteers, we planted around 500 trees in springlike conditions in our home region of Lenzburg.
Sunshine, warm temperatures and motivated volunteers: the best conditions for NIKIN's first tree planting day. And although this was certainly not our last, we would like to give you a little insight with this article and say THANK YOU to all helpers again! In particular we would like to thank the foresters Markus Dietiker, Roger Studer, and the forest apprentice Lukas Weber. Without your commitment and trust in us this event would not have been possible. Thank you for that!
As you probably already know, NIKIN in cooperation with OneTreePlanted has trees planted wherever (re)afforestation is necessary. However, our native forest must not be forgotten. That's why we decided on an event where our employees, but above all our customers, have the opportunity to plant their own trees. The Lenzia forest district has agreed to provide us with a forest area where our planting campaign could take place. Due to the bark beetle and several storms, some trees had to be chopped down in the area, which provided a suitable place for reforestation. We planted 400 oaks, 40 yews and 40 silver firs, which were waiting to be planted in the form of nudibranches or seedlings in pots.
Due to the capacities we had to limit the number of participants at the first NIKIN Tree Planting Day to 50 motivated tree planters. However, this will change in the future tree planting days. After the tree planters from all over Switzerland gathered in the Lenzhard Forest, they were all equipped with an exclusive Volunteer TreeShirt and a Treeanie. After a short welcome by Nicholas and Robin, the participants were instructed by the three foresters how to plant the trees correctly. Markus Dietiker emphasized that the hole must always be adapted to the plant and not vice versa. In order to protect the trees from wildlife, two acacia posts (made of Swiss wood, of course) had to be hammered into each side of the plant. A fixed net was pulled over it and fastened to the wood with four cable ties each. Since the 480 holes had already been dug by the foresters in advance, the planting could begin.
After 1.5 hours of digging, hammering and planting, everyone enjoyed a refreshment in the form of biscuits, fruits and tea. After the break Markus Dietiker informed us about the respective tree species and their meaning for the Swiss forest. The forester also told us that their forestry operations work with a permanent forest, i.e. that all developmental stages (smaller trees, middle class with a height between 10-20m and upper class) can be found on a small area. If for some reason a tree has to be chopped down from the upper class, the next one is already waiting from the middle class.
Also in the second half of the day the tree planters gave everything once again and made sure together with the foresters that each plant was correctly inserted. By the way, this could be controlled with the "elk test". The young plant is then plucked and the tree does not loosen, it has been planted with sufficient anchoring - and thus correctly.
After all the yews, oaks and silver firs had found their new place in the Lenzhard Forest, the first - but certainly not the last - NIKIN Tree Planting Day was toasted with cool beer and sausage or a vegetarian alternative.
Thanks again to all helpers for their commitment, but also to the foresters for their support! To many more, just as beautiful, tree planting days!Enthusiastic tree planters from all over Switzerland, great weather and a common goal made for a great atmosphere and an unforgettable day. It won't have been the last time! Thank you so much for your engagement!