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Wooden toy manufacturer plants a new forest for Schleswig-Holstein

Together with the SHLF (Schleswig-Holstein state forestry authority) and 20 pupils from the Cesar-Klein-Gesamtschule (comprehensive school) in Ratekau (district of Ostholstein), the wooden toy manufacturer Gollnest & Kiesel has planted the first of 25,000 trees for a new forest. The children have already planted the first 100 of the 17,000 common oaks, as well as several wild apple trees.  
The joint tree-planting initiative with the Schleswig-Holstein state forestry authorities was also attended by SHLF Assistant Director Lutz Boucsein and the members of the state parliament Sandra Redmann (SPD) and Hartmut Hamerich (CDU), who paid tribute to the exemplary civic commitment of the wooden toy manufacturer. "I think it's fantastic that we have now also received a new forest from Goki," said a delighted Karsten Tybussek, the responsible district forest ranger, who played a key role in the preparations.  
"Now it is up to all the people of Schleswig-Holstein to decide how many trees we are going to donate in the coming years," says Fritz-Rüdiger Kiesel of Gollnest & Kiesel, explaining the commitment of North Germany's leading toy manufacturer. "In the future we intend to continue planting a tree for every newborn child in our state." A contingency reserve for winter months with a high birthrate has already been taken into account in the quota 25,000 trees per year, but the company would also be happy to match even higher birthrates. "We have a responsibility not only for ourselves, but also for the living conditions of the generations to come," adds his business partner Gerhard Gollnest. It is important to both of the owners to support the idea of sustainability as well as to highlight the social and ecological responsibility of business enterprises with what has for many years been the largest private forest donation in this federal state.  
The pupils of the Cesar-Klein Gesamtschule participated actively and enthusiastically in the planting action. Forest ranger Tybussek instructed them on where to plant the oaks and how to space them correctly. In the coming years they will gladly return to this place where they planted their forest.
They also took great pleasure in planting the wild apple trees, which is to be the "Tree of the Year" in 2013. Everyone knows the apple tree, but very few are familiar with the wild apple as it is a very rare and highly endangered tree species which grows mostly unnoticed in or on the edge of the forest.
Gollnest & Kiesel intends to continue with its involvement in the coming year.

"The forest is an important natural habitat, a valuable natural legacy and an indispensable resource for humanity. The forest shapes entire landscapes; it is home to countless animals and plants; it protects the climate, the water and the soil," says Professor Mojib Latif of the Kiel-based Geomar Helmholtz Centre for Oceanic Research in appreciation of the tree-planting initiative. "We can lead by example. However, many further political steps and individual involvement must follow," adds Professor Latif.

25,000 new trees at Forstort Hohelied near Ratekau

The SHLF (Schleswig-Holstein state forestry authority) manages nearly a third of the 155,000 hectares of forestry in Schleswig-Holstein. In the course of this year's planting campaign at Forstort Hohelied, 11,000 common oaks, 6,000 red oaks and 500 wild cherry trees 50 to 80 cm in height are being planted in an enclosure. The enclosure protects the saplings against damage caused by game animals. A further 6,100 copper beeches and 1,400 wild cherry trees 80 to 120 cm in height were planted which, due to their size, no longer require a protective fence. With a total of 5,000 plants per hectare, this corresponds to an area of 5 hectares of afforestation.

Gollnest & Kiesel: toys with a long tradition

Gollnest & Kiesel KG is one of Europe's leading manufacturers of wooden toys and the largest toy company in northern Germany. Its brand HEIMESS (wooden baby toys, made in Germany), goki, HOLZTIGER, ’cause and ANKER Stone Building Sets enjoy a high profile within the toys and gift item trade. The company was founded 32 years ago by its two owners. The HEIMESS brand has existed for over 50 years, and ANKER Steinbaukasten GmbH in Rudolstadt can trace its history back over 130 years. A total of more than 2,000 different products account for one of the most widely varied ranges anywhere in the toy industry.

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