Following on the planting action in Spring 2023, we are back at the Juckerhof for another planting day. This time, with the participation of a private partner, close to 100 new native trees and bushes will be planted in circa 2ha!
The goal is to extend the biological corridor next to the Pfäffiker lake and increase biodiversity value in 3 main areas:
- A new agroforestry section, where the cultivation of berries and seasonal vegetables will be done between newly-planted rows of chestnut trees (Castanea Sativa), field maples (Acer campestre) and hazels (Corylus colurna), bordered by small-leafed Linden (Tilia cordata).
- An hedgerow, which will connect two longer patches along the lake shore. The planned mix of taller and shorter species, will include willows (Salix purpurea and S. aurita), guelder-rose (Viburnum opulus), dogwood (Cornus sanguinea), rowan (Sorbus aucuparia), common broom (Cytisus scoparius), the thicket dog rose (Rosa canina), barberry (Berberis vulgaris), juneberry (Amelanchier ovalis), european spindle (Euonymus europaeus), dwarf honeysuckle (Lonicera xylosteum), elderberry (Sambucus racemosa) or gooseberry (Ribes uva-crispa) bushes.
- An eco-meadow, with scattered trees and taller bushes distributed along strip of wild meadow, including small-leafed Linden (Tilia cordata), chestnut (Castanea Sativa), service tree (Sorbus torminalis and S. domestica), rowan (Sorbus aucuparia), and a variety of native fruit trees including plum, cherry, crab apple and pear.
The species above were selected for their biodiversity value, providing a variety of nesting, feeding and shelter sources for different types of birds, insects and smaller animals. Together with the Juckerohf team, responsible for ongoing care and maintenance, we ensured that they are suited to the location and resilient to expected changes in climatic conditions. Lastly, since this is a loved location for daily visits, we also considered the aesthetic and landscaping values.