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Germany: 12,000 spade cuts for a new forest

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Within the scope of "the international year of the forest" Panasonic employees planted 3.000 new trees together with pupils from an elementary school in Hamburg. October 21, 2011, was a beautiful day with bright sunshine when 45 colleagues set off towards a forest area on the outskirts of Hamburg. There, we met up with a grade three class of elementary school "Rahlstedter Höhe", a class that had participated in our kids school – eco learning programme. We had invited them to join our activity in order for them to broaden their newly acquainted environmental knowledge by a practical experience in the real forest.

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Everyone was welcomed by Mr. Green and the forester and his team, who explained the proceedings and the way we had to work. The kids loved Mr. Green and could hardly be torn away from him.We received the spades and the 3,000 copper beech plants (50-80 cm tall), formed teams of one adult plus one or two pupils and off we took into the forest depths and undergrowth to start the planting. It takes about 4 spade cuts to plant a tree which sums up to the incredible number of 12,000 cuts for all trees!

We retimbered an existing birch tree forest area. Birches only live 50-60 years and then they make space for the beeches. Beeches naturally grow in this area, but they are in danger of becoming extinct due to clearings and transformation of ground. Therefore, by planting these young beech trees we contributed to the protection of our environment. It took us only record breaking 3 hours to plant the whole amount of new trees.

After the work was done everyone enjoyed the fresh clean air in the forest while having a snack and a drink provided by our catering. The kids once again played with Mr. Green or sat by the campfire. Our activity was joined by local media from newspapers and a TV station, who filmed a two-minute sequence for their evening programme. Upon returning to the office in the afternoon everyone was happy and positively exhausted. All-in-all it was a successful ECO RELAY-activity, that helped building our team spirit and that everyone will remember!

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