If you are looking for a very special Christmas tree this year, you have come to the right place at the Munich North Heath Area Association: On Saturday, December 10, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., they are organizing a Christmas tree campaign with freshly felled pines from the Fröttmaninger Heide. They can be picked up at the corner of Schmidbartlanger and Werner-Egk-Bogen in Munich-Freimann for a donation and taken home.
The pines come from the “Südliche Fröttmaninger Heide” nature reserve, which is part of the EU-wide network of protected areas Natura 2000 and is an important habitat for a large number of animal and plant species. A large part of this gravel heath, which was shaped by the Ice Age, consists of calcareous grassland on which rare species such as the gray scabious, the perennial flax or the fringed gentian thrive and ground-nesting species such as the skylark, which has also become rare, can be found, such as the one in Unterschleißheim Heathland Association writes in a press release.
In order to maintain the wide and open landscapes in the heath, tall pines must be felled regularly, which can then become Christmas trees. That should happen in the next few weeks, but individual pine groups and formative solitary pines have been preserved, according to the heathland association.