In the presence of the Federal Minister for the Environment, Dr. Barbara Hendricks was named Flower of the Year 2017 by the Loki Schmidt Foundation of Klatschmohn on October 31, 2016 in Berlin. Hans Ulrich Klose opened the press conference: he often visited the Schmidts' private house. "We always hoped that Loki would be at home," recalled the former Mayor of Hamburg, and then resolved: "Then Helmut treated us milder." He particularly valued the former chancellor's wife for the balanced, positive manner in which she was did their jobs. The speech on the occasion of the naming of the flower of the year 2017 is free speech. For the first time in Berlin. For the first time in the Federal Environment Ministry.
Then Axel Jahn steps up to the desk. The managing director of the Loki Schmidt Foundation also remembers Germany's first lady of nature conservation, as she once lovingly titled ZEIT. With the Flower of the Year, Loki Schmidt wanted to attract attention to her topic: the protection of endangered native wild plants and their endangered habitats. The Loki Schmidt Foundation selected a flower for the 38th time: “With this decision we would like to draw attention to the risk and loss of wild flowers. We also want to work to promote colorful diversity in agriculture. ”Originally around 350 plant species lived in the intensively cultivated fields. Many of these can be seen today as the biological heritage of our cultural history.
Thanks to modern technology and sprays, almost all arable plants have been pushed to the brink of extinction in recent decades. "An entire community that has been with us for thousands of years threatens to disappear," says Axel Jahn. Due to the decline in diversity in arable land, pollinators such as butterflies and bees are particularly at risk. Other insects and spiders that use these wild plants as food crops and as refuges are also affected. Many of these animal species keep agricultural pests such as aphids at bay. The impoverishment of the arable community is also an increasing problem for agriculture.
Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks, at whose invitation the Hamburg Loki Schmidt Foundation traveled to Berlin for a presentation, nods in agreement with Axel Jahn's words. “Fortunately, the corn poppy is doing well. Unfortunately, this does not apply to many other arable wild herbs with which it grows together and which have developed over many centuries as accompanying vegetation of the crops on the arable land, ”she confirms the decision. Every second arable wild herb species is on the respective red list in at least one federal state, Hendricks further explained and also campaigns for the strengthening of organic agriculture. She praises the project “100 fields for diversity” of the German Federal Environmental Foundation, but also sees further action to be taken in the continuation of EU agricultural support, in which measures to protect farmland plants should be more effectively anchored.
Guests such as the well-known botanist Jürgen Feder or garden ambassador John Langley then accompany the group into the garden of the Federal Ministry for the Environment. Together they sowed corn poppy for the coming year.
If you also want to decorate your garden, balcony or home wall with the corn poppy, you can now order the seed postcard or the calendar from the Loki Schmidt Foundation. The donation proceeds go to the nature conservation projects of the foundation. Contact at [email protected] or phone number 040-243443.
The Loki Schmidt Foundation has been buying, designing and maintaining properties for nature conservation for over 30 years so that rare plants and animals can survive there. The foundation has made many practical projects for the protection of nature in Hamburg and all of Germany known. With its environmental education, the foundation helps ensure that as many people as possible, especially children and young people, get to know and experience nature.