Posted on December 13 2019
We plant a tree for every single product we sell – it has never been easier to do something good and give something back to nature. But what's cooler than planting your own tree by yourself? Try it out – with the NIKIN TreePlanting Kit!
Since 2016 we have been planting trees in different places around the world. Meanwhile there are already around 390'000 trees and many more are to be added – as we know there can never be enough trees. We realize this together with our partner organization OneTreePlanted, a renowned non-profit organization from the USA. The trees are planted where they have disappeared for various reasons such as agriculture, timber industry, habitat or natural events such as forest fires, droughts, etc. We also organized the first, NIKIN Tree Planting Day, in spring 2019, where we planted about 500 trees in a local forest in Lenzburg together with 50 volunteers. More Tree Planting Days will follow soon.
A tree doesn't need much
Our TreePlanting Kit contains three Swiss spruce seeds, a heap of soil and detailed instructions. It doesn't take anything more – except maybe a little patience and a lot of affection from your side.
The more trees the better!
Fortunately, Switzerland has so far been spared massive illegal deforestation or major natural disasters with long-term effects. Of course, our legal system gives a certain security not to be confronted with the first problem in the future. And yet more and more green spaces are disappearing – also in Switzerland. And that's why it certainly doesn't hurt to get involved and do something yourself. Plant your own tree!
Threats to our forests
Our local forests are also constantly faced with challenges, partly caused by humans, but also by natural events:
- Forest fires: Every year 40-80 fires occur in Swiss forests, 90% of which are caused by humans – either negligently or intentionally. Especially in hot summers, such as those we experienced in 2018, the danger of a forest fire increases considerably. One of the most devastating forest fires in Switzerland took place in the hot summer of 2003. Above Leuk (Canton of Valais), over 450 hectares of forest with around 200,000 trees were destroyed – as much as throughout an entire year in Switzerland! Graubünden and Ticino also have to contend with regular forest fires.
- Avalanches: Mountain forests are considered natural barriers to small and medium-sized avalanches by preventing avalanches from starting. In larger avalanches, however, even they usually have no chance. The Valaisans also remembered the snowy winter of 2017/2018: in the Turtmann Valley, avalanches destroyed around 15 hectares of forest and numerous mountain cottages.
- Diseases and pests: Fungi and insects in particular infest trees and cause them considerable damage. Spruces, which are marked by environmental influences or diseases, are considered breeding grounds for bark beetles, which means that heat and drought periods cause beetle populations to increase further. The winter storms of January 2018 created additional breeding material, further aggravating the situation – which continues to have an impact to this day. Timely clearance of the damaged trees is the best precaution for beetle control. Foreign organisms against which our trees cannot defend themselves well pose another challenge.
- Other natural events such as rockfalls, floods, landslides and erosion are also challenges for our forests.
Planting trees makes happy
Even though our forests are protected from deforestation by law (except in exceptional cases), challenges and damage are either caused by humans or occur naturally. It is therefore all the more important to value the forest and contribute to its continued existence. In front of your front door, in the garden or in the forest: It doesn't matter where you plant your tree. The main thing is that you have fun and soon you will proudly watch your self-planted tree grow. Good luck!
ATTENTION: Due to legal reasons we are unfortunately not allowed to send the seeds across the Swiss border – therefore the NIKIN TreePlanting Kit is currently only available in Switzerland.