Hamburg: insect paradise in the middle of the big city

After hours of crime thriller helps against over-enthusiastic seventh graders. Gardening helps against loneliness in the big city. Although she is anything but lonely, Franziska Schultz knows that gardening connects people. The 44-year-old is a teacher and founder of “Buntes Band Eimsbüttel”. An initiative that takes care of public green areas in the district – whether it is at metro stations, in parks, at the roadside or on traffic islands. No precise prayers, but areas that at first glance look quite overgrown. A paradise for bees, wasps and other insects.

Franziska took over its first green sponsorship ten years ago. She called the district office and asked if she could plant an area of ​​weeds on her street. She was allowed and tested which plants work best. Franziska recommends rock cranebill, wild oregano and bluebells. She advises against vegetables – because the soil is often contaminated with heavy metals from cars. And because of the dogs who like to do their business in the green areas.

“Colorful Band Eimsbüttel”: Initiative takes care of green areas

The teacher currently has nine sponsorships. And takes care of the initiative that she founded in May 2019 together with other nature lovers. The green area at Schlump marked the start signal for the project. Together with his colleagues, Franziska cleared the bed’s lawn. The next day should be planted. “But by then the bees and wasps had already taken possession of the area. They built their caves and we could not even plant those places. It was incredibly beautiful, ”says Franziska enthusiastically.

Meanwhile, 120 members of the initiative, which is part of the association “Naturgarten”, handles 40 areas – from one to 500 square meters. “Our goal is to create habitats for insects, especially wild bees.” The focus of the work is the land, as about 70 percent of the wild bees live there. The flight radius of the animals plays a crucial role. ‘One hundred meters is a long distance for them. Therefore, there should be flowering areas every 500 meters, if possible. “

You can not save the world with a few flowering meadows

The volunteer gardener is aware that one cannot save the world with a few flowering meadows. “But you can make the city a little more habitable for plants, animals and people. We are all helping to shape the sustainable city of the future – and for me, flowers, buzzing bees and butterflies are simply part of it. ” And the work would also bring a lot to you personally. Especially for people seeking contact with others. “It’s incredible what you get in the form of positive feedback.” Before she started gardening, Franziska knew almost no neighbors. Meanwhile, she can no longer walk unnoticed through the neighborhood. “Old ladies tell me their life stories. One showed me where she was buried with her sister in the bunker during the war.”

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Once she approached a man in the supermarket. He would give her a present to look after the beds. “He told me the secret family cake recipe.” A bit bizarre at first, but actually very nice. “The man just wanted to give me something back.”

Backlog demand for climate and species protection

To give something back. to nature. That’s what Franziska is about. Even as a young child, sustainability was an issue for her. “My parents were among the early ecosystems. I was just happy when my mother survived her green heart phase,” says Franziska with a laugh. It was clear to her: she wants to work for sustainability in everyday life. In the city, many people are far from “More than half of the world’s population lives in big cities. And Hamburg is a very rich city. If we do not succeed in doing nature conservation here, who will?”

Franziska is annoyed that many people still do not see enough of the issue of climate protection and species protection. “During their training, architects and engineers should learn how to design houses and infrastructure in such a way that plants and animals are taken into account.” She’s sure a lot is still going to happen.

Profile of Franziska Schultz (44)

Initiator of “Buntes Band Eimsbüttel”, teacher (mathematics, physics, ethics)

car or bicycle? Bike. I do not even have a driver’s license. I’m from Pinneberg, you’re a danger to the traffic there, and it’s better not to take a driver’s license.

beer or wine? Non-alcoholic beer. I can not tolerate alcohol for genetic reasons.

Schnitzel or veggie burger? Veggie burger. I’m really into making vegan fast food.

child or pet? Neither nor. If I had time, I would have a dog or a cat. Oh yes, there lives a really fat spider in my allotment garden. But that probably does not count.

The North Sea or New York? North Sea. I no longer fly out of conviction. Not for ten years.

Kiez Club or Elphi? Both. I have been to Elphi many times. My brother sings in a choir and often gets me tickets. But I also like clubs in the neighborhood, like Molotow.

Heavy metal or classic? punk and classic. Heavy metal is not my thing.

Yoga or gym? I do yoga a little next door because I have Shiatsu massage training. I did that next to the studio. Physics can be a little dry at times.

A mobile information stand for “Bunte Band”

Good things deserve support. With the campaign “Die Bessermacher” we will not only show committed people. The projects also receive financial assistance and long-term support.

“Bunte Band Eimsbüttel” would like a bicycle trailer that can be converted into an information stand. To be able to inform interested parties about initiatives. Haspa provides the funding with a grant from “Haspa LotteriSparen”.

Haspa Siemersplatz becomes branch sponsor. “The idea is fantastic and should be made even better known,” says branch manager Mathias Saß. “A mobile information stand is definitely a sensible purchase that we would like to support.”

You can find out how the project has progressed thanks to the help in Bessermacher Recall. MOPO follows and reports!

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