"CITY GREEN NATURAL"

19.09.2019 - BAD LANGENSALZA RECEIVES LABEL “URBAN GREEN NATURAL”

Bonn. The city of Bad Langensalza was awarded this Thursday evening (September 19) with the label "StadtGrün naturnah" in bronze. Mayor Matthias Reinz accepted the award in the evening in Bonn. The label was awarded as part of the “StadtGrün naturnah” specialist congress, at which around 200 participants from local authorities and authorities from all over Germany obtained information and exchanged information about the activities of the excellent municipalities.

The city of Bad Langensalza was particularly characterized by the fact that around 60 to 80 trees were replanted each year through private initiatives in recent years. In addition, the city of Bad Langensalza avoids pesticides in the management of urban areas and continuously switches to organic plant protection. A closed organic material cycle also ensures that mineral fertilizers are greatly reduced. This is possible because, for example, lawn and shrub clippings are processed into high-quality organic compost. Another aspect is, besides the endeavor to preserve woodpecker and bat trees, also the use of own seeds, including a special collection of lost field weeds. Thuringia is the most biodiverse state for arable and meadow herbs. Bad Langensalza also actively promotes the greening of the city with indigenous trees such as linden, hornbeam and oak. The BUND natural garden in the middle of the city serves as an urban experience space and illustrates a natural garden design. The wild rose path with its numerous species also creates a rich food supply for bees, bumblebees, etc. This commitment of the city and its citizens will continue and be expanded in the future.

The garden office of the city administration of Bad Langensalza will continue and expand this commitment in the future. Next year, for example, green strips will deliberately not be mowed at the entrances to the town, in order to create an important habitat for insects with the wildflower meadows there. The "StadtGrün naturnah" label shows exemplary commitment to natural green space design and maintenance and makes this visible nationwide. The label award is based on a detailed inventory analysis of the previous achievements and objectives, which was developed together with the pilot cities and a project-accompanying working group of experts from the field of urban nature.

The label was jointly developed by the alliance "Municipalities for Biodiversity, German Environmental Aid and five pilot municipalities and will continue to be awarded by them. The award is part of the “Urban Green - Species Rich and Diverse” project, which is funded by the Federal Office for Nature Conservation in the federal program for biodiversity from 2016 to 2021 with funds from the Federal Environment Ministry.

BAD LANGENSALZA APPLIES FOR THE LABEL “URBAN GREEN NATURAL”

Bad Langensalza applies for the label "City green close to nature"! The label distinguishes municipalities for the fact that they maintain their green spaces - such as parks, city forests or cemeteries - in a way that is close to nature. This means, for example, that meadows are mowed less frequently and native plant species are used for greening. Many insects, birds and other animals that live in the settlement area benefit from it - and of course we humans too! That's why we decided to take action: For more nature in the city!

You can find out more about this here: www.stadtgrün-naturnah.de

WHAT IS THE COMPETITION?

In Germany, around 75 percent of citizens live in cities. For them, parks, forests, green areas and trees form a crucial part of their quality of life. Green and open spaces in the settlement area not only ensure clean air and cooler temperatures on hot summer days. They also play an important role for relaxation and experiencing nature in the immediate environment of people.

Due to the intensive use of land in the open field, near-natural, inner-city green spaces are important substitute habitats for many plants today. They are followed, for example, by butterfly and wild bee species, which they use as food sources. Even in densely populated areas and large cities, there are species-rich green spaces.

We humans need green in our immediate living environment. If we also design this green close to nature, numerous animal and plant species will benefit - a win-win situation for everyone involved.