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Plant Flowers and Protect Wild Bees

Conservation Activities on November 12 and 13 at Freie Universität

№ 388/2014 from Nov 07, 2014

TThe sustainability initiative SUSTAIN IT! at Freie Universität, the Studentenwerk Berlin, and the "Berlin summt" initiative are organizing flower bulb planting days at Freie Universität. Students and other members of Freie Universität as well as anyone from the neighborhood is invited to come on November 12 and 13 to plant bulbs next to the terrace of the Vegetarian Dining Hall (Mensa) on Van’t-Hoff-Straße in Dahlem. Bulbs of early bloomers such as tulips, crocuses, hyacinths, and blue stars will be available for planting. Early blooming flowers are an important food source for wild bees. The initiators of the project wish to draw attention to the ecological importance of wild bees, which are threatened with extinction.

A total of 6,000 tulip bulbs and early flowering bulbs will be planted over the course of two days with the help of volunteers. It is hoped that next spring there will be a colorful bed of flowers that will be a source of food for wild bees at the beginning of the breeding season. Wild bees play a major role in the pollination of wild plants and crops and thus contribute to rich harvests. Unfortunately, they are dying out. The bulb planting is intended to provide them with a new habitat at Freie Universität. Anyone who is interested is welcome to help. Shovels and planting aids will be available for volunteers. Everyone who helps will be given a tulip bulb as a gesture of thanks.

Time and Location

  • Wednesday, November 12, and Thursday, November 13, 2014, from 12 noon to around 4 p.m.
  • Meadow area next to the Veggie Mensa, Van`t-Hoff-Straße 6, 14195 Berlin

Further Information

Karola Braun-Wanke, Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU), Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-51599, Email: