A total of 332 entries were submitted by 310 municipalities in Germany to the national competition “City of Nature” – the project “Overcoming borders for more insect protection” was awarded one of 40 awards. By the end of November 2022, areas of the city and the housing company hanova Wohnen in the green corridor “Emmy-Lanzke-Weg” (area between the tram line in the west and the sports field / toboggan run in the east) will be jointly made insect-friendly with flowering meadows, herb lawns, nesting mounds and dead wood. and remodeled. The planners headed by Dr. Stefan Rüter is available for this from winning the national competition “Nature City”.
“Extreme need for action”
“We are very proud that we have received this award,” said Rüter from the Department of Environment and Urban Greenery in the state capital of Hanover. In the latest meeting of the Bothfeld-Vahrenheide District Council, Rüter new the exact insect protection measures in the green corridor “Emmy-Lanzke-Weg” in Vahrenheide. “Insect protection has become more and more important in the past year – and rightly so,” wrote the city’s expert. It would be an “extreme need for action”. The aim of the nationwide competition was to award and promote project ideas “that lead in a special way to improvements for urban nature, insects and their habitats, are helpful, sustainable and are exemplary and innovative for environmental education and social engagement”, according to the city Hanover.
Information boards for citizens
The collaboration with hanova came about because the housing company has a lot of green space. “The idea met with great approval from the authorities,” Rüter told the committee. Starting this autumn, four flowering meadows on a total of 900 square meters, 15 currently species-poor strips of lawn with flower-herb lawns on around 420 square meters and seven nesting mounds (loamy sand) with edge seed flowering mixture on around 120 square meters are to be created in the planning area. In addition, there WILL be insect-friendly mowing in the public areas. The area for games and sports (disc golf) is mowed as before.
From spring 2022, two boards on Leipziger and Dresdner Strasse will draw attention to the insect protection measures. Hanova is planning campaigns with local residents, as well as planting shrubs and trees. The city is hoping for a lot from the project: “We get a real, verifiable effect because we have a lot of measures in a spatial context,” with Rüter. The District Council of Bothfeld-Vahrenheide welcomed the project.
By Laura Ebeling