Planting campaigns

5th planting of trees on November 17th in Eldena

On 17th of November 2017, another planting of fruit trees took place at the Eldena orchard. This is the 5th planting withing the campaign "a tree for my university". 

Eight apple and pear trees will be planted. These trees were collected from Thoralf Weiß who is the directer of the arboretum. He found young tress from old and rare species in the surroundings of Greifswald city, on the side of roads or at public areas and brought them to the tree nursery Zetelvitz where they got provided with the appropriate subrate. This is a way how old and regional species are being preserved and increase the biodiversity of the orchard. 

An additional pear tree is donated from the Allgemeinen Studierendenausschuss (AStA).

You can see the location of each tree right here (information in German only).

4th planting of trees on November 11th 2016 in Eldena

On Friday the 11th of November 2016, the 4th planting of additional trees at the newly established orchard in Eldena took place. Ten new fruit trees are going to be increasing the range of already planted apple, pear and cherry trees.

3rd planting of trees on November 6th 2015 in Eldena

It is still an ordinary meadow but will soon be meadow with plenty of fruit trees. Within the campaign "a tree for my university" an orchard was started being established. The first 20 apple, pear, plum and quince trees were planted on the 6th of November. This was supported by pupils of the 6th grade of the Martinschule. They helped this cause not only by donating 10 trees themselves but by planting them as well. 

The meadow at Hainstraße is going to be planted with various fruit trees over the next years to increase biodiversity - when donations are being made.

2nd planting of trees on November 7th 2014 at the Ellernholzstraße 1-2

On the November 7th, the second planting of trees took place. This time eight fruit trees were planted at the Ellernholzstraße 1-2. 

Additionally, there were two trees of sour cherries were planted at the arboretum. They now complete the orchard which was established within the campaign "a tree for my university". 

1st planting of trees on March 29th 2014 at the arboretum of Greifswald University

On March 29th 2014, the very first planting of trees with the help of various donators, friends and supporters took place. About 20 people came to help plant 13 fruit trees in the arboretum of Greifswald University.

The choosen tree species were seven different kinds of apple trees, two pear, two plumb and two sour cherry trees. It will be interesting to find out what kind of taste the ripe fruits will have - and everyone who is visiting the arboretum is welcome to find out when the fruit are ripe. 

The arboretum is going to be supported in order to transform the "Heidegarten" into a "Heide- und Kulturlandschaftsgarten". The objective is to enhance the "Umweltbildung" (environmental education) in regards to research and teaching at the Greifswald Universitiy, to conserve old and rare tree species and to utilize these planted trees in the future for reseach and teaching purposes. This is how the students of the biology and landscape ecology courses are profiting as well: they will be learning how to determine different tree species and what it takes to grow them properly.

history of orchards in Western Pomerania

What kinds of species to choose for the campaign was highly influenced by their nordic origin as well a their history and their utilisation at the former academic tree nursury Greifswald.  

Although Western Pomerania is not typically known for their orchards, there is quite a long tradition. During the 18th and 19th century, state regulations determined how many fruit trees one had to plant and for what kind of purpose they were used later on. The University of Greifswald became a role model in regards to the many orchards there were on various estates. In 1800, Professor Quistorp established the academic fruit tree nursury in the moat of Greifswald at the main building of the university and it was pursued until 1830. In 1809, about 243 apple tree species could be found, 138 pear, 37 cherry and 44 plumb species. But the location was not the best in order to be successful for a long period of time: there was too much shade and the moisture content was too high. The area soon changed into the botanical garden which used the trees for teaching purposes. One pear species can still be found in the old town of Greifswald today which has its origin in the 19th century. 

In the 1830s, the Academy of Agriculuture in Eldena was established. The local fruit tree nursury was used by the academic gardener F. Jühlke (who was well-known for describing the regional apple species "Pommerscher Krummstiel") to practice. After the dissolution of the academy, the tree nursury was able to continue until after 1900 and provided the botanical garden with plants. Some of these old fruit trees are still today in Eldena.

During the 1950s, professor Rothmaler supervised the growth of the woody plants in the fruit tree nursury to make sure they could get planted in the arboretum. Eventually this location was then known to be the fruit tree plantation Koitenhagen.


Planting of trees at the orchard in Eldena, November 2017 (Photo: Pressestelle, M. Schult)
Planting of trees in Eldena, November 2016
Establishment of an orchard in Eldena, 2015 (Photos: R. Fronczek)
Planting of trees on the campus of the Institut of Botany and Landscape Ecology, Autumn 2014 (Photo: M. Wölk)
First planting of trees at the arboretum, March 2014 (Photos: M. Wölk)