Message dated 04/29/2022
By Helmi Tischler-Venter
A new project of the regional initiative “We Westerwald” with special symbolic power for the cross-border cooperation of the districts of Altenkirchen, Neuwied and Westerwaldkreis was carried out on April 29 in the forest near Oberdreis: three “young giants” were planted by the district administrators in the place where the three districts meet.
three higher. This point had to be found first. As district administrator Achim Hallerbach on behalf of his colleague Dr. Peter Enders and Achim Schwickert explained that numerous helpers were involved in the preparation of the planting project, which is why he was able to greet many people in the forest. The mayors of the associated municipalities: Gabriele Greis from Hachenburg, Volker Mendel from Puderbach and Fred Jiingerich from Altenkirchen-Flammersfeld, the mayors Wilfried Öttgen (Roßbach), Ralf Engel (Oberdreis) and forestry representatives Rainer Kuhl and Markus Follmann, who lived in la “Käferwald disaster zone” had laid the red carpet in the form of grit, as had the young manager of the Schürg farm, donor of the lime trees.
The lime trees come from the “Young Giants” project of the State Nature and Environment Foundation, for which in 2012/2013 seeds of ancient natural monuments were collected and propagated in order to genetically preserve this seed. The young seedlings that grew from this were delivered to partner nurseries for breeding and from 2020 the first trees were planted in their final locations.
The Westerwald border trees are ten-year-old branches of the old Hilgenroth lime tree in the district of Altenkirchen. They came into good soil and are henceforth meant to symbolize the close and prosperous bond of the “We Westerwald” region.
The planting site is also a historically significant place, as Wilfried Göbler from Rückeroth, hiking guide of the Westerwald Association explains. With his colleagues Manfred Holl and Rainer Lemmer, since 2012 he has been exploring the border between Nassau and Prussia meter by meter on the basis of the original memorial stone setting protocol of 1830. At that time, 174 border stones were set along the 150 kilometers, starting from Koblenz, of which about 80% is still preserved. These finds have been photographed, documented and reconstructed with the approval of the monuments. The important stone number 75 was not found, but the number 74 was in excellent condition and stone number 76 is not far from the Roßbach motte. The missing stone number 75 was reconstructed and placed “in the inhospitable place with particular charm due to its regional and historical importance”, where it does not delineate today, but documents the common history of all Westerwald.
An information panel of the community initiative “We Westerwald”, created with the help of Barbara Sterr and Martin Götz, informs hikers about the history of the boundary stones, the three young giants and other sights of the region. A beautiful wooden bench also invites you to take a break or have a snack and enjoy the peace, the air, the trees and the memorial stone.
After the unveiling of the information panel and the memorial stone, district administrator and council member Sandra Köster got to work with a spade and planted the three lime trees in the symbolic place. Everyone present hopes that the attractive plants always have enough water available. (htv)
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