Apr 1st 2021
Interest groups and companies in both countries have taken up the cause of promoting biodiversity. It is very gratifying that more and more consumers are recognising the problem and are making an effort to promote natural diversity. However, there are interesting differences between the two neighbouring countries that we would like to discuss here.
In Switzerland, cherry laurel and lupine are considered 'neophytes with invasive potential' and are deliberately removed from nature. In Germany, both plant species are for sale in every garden centre and are very popular. In addition to this different approach to invasive plants, the promotion of fauna and thus insects are also viewed differently.
Sowing and planting campaigns of insect-promoting species are the order of the day. When it comes to nectar plants, a flower mix is quickly distributed as a give-away. Especially in the case of retail companies, the image of the company is often in the foreground and not so much attention is paid to the range of the seed mix.
Switzerland is a decisive step ahead of Germany. The debate amongst the society is much more advanced and the rooting of the different species in the regions is consciously strived for. What does this mean?
Swiss television and radio have been dealing with biodiversity for 1 ½ years and has made countless broadcasts on the subject. This has increased awareness and the campaign "Every square metre count" has brought about 2 million new biodiverse areas to Switzerland in 1 ½ years. This area is to grow to 8 million m2 in the next five years.
In addition, efforts are being made to use only seeds for the cultivation of wild perennials that have been harvested in the various bio-geographical regions. This initiative is promoted under the Floretia brand.
In Germany, there is a similar initiative called "Thousands of Gardens - Thousands of Species" through the DGG.
We can be very curious to see what will happen in this area and whether production horticulture will ever play a role in this range.
Would you like more information? We look forward to talking to you.