Nature conservation with little-noticed plants: In the “Natural shrubs” campaign of the Berlin branch of the Nature Conservation Union (Nabu), more than 500 shrubs have so far been planted by recreational gardeners and other people. The goal of the campaign is 1000 bushes. Shrubs, said the Nabu press officer Alexandra Rigos, “are literally in the shadow of their big siblings, the trees, and are usually only noticed when they are a nuisance.
Shrubs fulfill important functions for the climate, urban nature and for people: They provide shade, serve as privacy screens, protect soil from erosion and are habitats for birds, insects and small mammals.” According to Nabu, the campaign aims to promote the image of shrubs improve, sensitize gardeners, authorities and landowners to natural shrub care “and upgrade Berlin with 1000 new shrubs”.
Shrubs are usually only noticed when they are a nuisance. As part of “maintenance measures” they would often be mutilated or completely cleared.
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For children, youth, nature conservation and other social projects, the Nabu provides bushes free of charge or for a small donation.
The 500th bush has been planted in the garden of the Nabu children’s group in Pankow. The area is in the area of an allotment garden.