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The Day of the Tree

A day of honour for Bocholt's trees

25 April is Arbor Day in Germany - and has been for more than 70 years. The action day was initiated in 1952 by the Schutzgemeinschaft Deutscher Wald e.V. (German Association for the Protection of Forests) in order to "draw attention to the heavy loss of forests due to the war".

In Bocholt, the respective annual tree is planted on Arbor Day, which is chosen annually by the "Tree of the Year" association of the Dr. Silvius Wodarz Foundation. More than 32 environmental organisations committed to protecting the forest are involved in the association's board of trustees.

Way of the Year Trees

The 6.5-hectare green strip between the Annette von Droste-Hülshoff School and the Lowick district has been the path of the annual trees since 2013. Since then, the annual trees have been planted there every year on Arbor Day.

Walkers have the opportunity to get to know the annual trees and learn interesting facts about them. After planting, a leaflet with information about the respective tree is attached to each tree, along with the name of the tree sponsor. Sponsorships are open to Bochol residents as well as local businesses and associations.

What does a tree sponsorship cost?

Interested citizens of Bocholt can sponsor an annual tree for 500 euros. The costs already include the purchase and planting of the trees as well as their care.

Interested? Then please get in touch!

The path of the annual trees

History of the Bocholt Annual Trees and Tree Sponsors

Year Tree species Tree sponsor
2024 Whitebeam (Sorbus aria) Susanne Tanz-Herbstritt and Michael Tanz
2023 Bog birch(Betula pubescens) German-British Society e.V.
2022 European beech (Fagus sylvatica) Logata Digital Solutions GmbH
2021 Holly (Ilex aquifolium) Petra and Detlf S. Schultz
2020 False acacia (Robinia pseudoacia) Municipal agricultural association
2019 Fluttering elm (Ulmus laevis) Beekeepers' association
2018 Sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa) Electric dog
2017 Red spruce (Picea abies) Jusa e.V.
2016 Winter lime tree (Tilia cordata) Ulrich Krabbe
2015 Field maple (Acer campestre) Gisela Pieron
2014 Sessile oak (Quercus petraea) Sonja and Bernhard Krabbe
2013 Wild apple (Malus sylvestris) Waste disposal and service company
2012 European larch (Larix decidua) Bocholt-Isselburg adult education centre
2011 Service tree (Sorbus torminalis) Social Service of Catholic Women Bocholt
2010 Bird cherry (Prunus avium) Bocholt Child Protection Association
2009 Sycamore maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) Alliance for Family Bocholt
2008 Walnut (Juglans regia) B'90 The Greens Bocholt
2007 Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) Music school Bocholt-Isselburg
2006 Black poplar (Populus nigra) Hainke & Iding GmbH
2005 Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) Mrs Priemer
2004 Silver fir (Abies alba) Marriage, family and life counselling
2003 Black alder (Alnus glutinosa) already present*
2002 Juniper (Juniperus communis) Hummingbird
2001 Ash (Fraxinus excelsior) already present*
2000 Sand birch (Betula pendula) Garden design Buthmann
1999 Silver willow (Salix alba) already present*
1998 Wild pear (Pyrus communis) CDU parliamentary group Bocholt
1997 Mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia) Caritas Bocholt
1996 Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) SKM Catholic Association for Social Services Bocholt
1995 Norway maple (Acer platanoides) Bocholt Citizens' Co-operative
1994 Yew (Taxus baccata) Christa and Andre Leder
1993 Speierling (Sorbus domestica) Nabu
1992 Mountain elm (Ulmus glabra) Family educational centre
1991 European beech (Fagus sylvatica) SPD parliamentary group Bocholt
1990 English oak (Quercus robur) already present*

* Trees already partially present

The annual trees of the years 1990, 1999, 2001 and 2003 have no tree sponsors. Why? These trees were already present in the park along the "Way of the Year Trees" - and were therefore not newly planted with the support of tree sponsors.