On Thursday 17 November 2022, the Hëllef fir d'Natur de natur&ëmwelt Foundation launched a national planting campaign, starting with the planting of 50 fruit trees in Flaxweiler.

This 4.5 ha site has recently belonged to the foundation.

Initiated by the Hëllef fir d'Natur de natur&ëmwelt Foundation in 1992, and under the patronage of the Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development since 1997, National Tree Day (Journée nationale de l’arbre - JNA) represents, each year, the launch of an awareness campaign, the aim of which is to encourage public and private bodies, as well as citizens, to plant trees and shrubs, essential elements for biodiversity in rural and urban areas. According to the foundation, the effects of climate change and the dramatic loss of biodiversity are making a growing number of citizens aware of the importance of getting involved, participating and contributing to the preservation and improvement of our natural environment.

On Thursday, the municipality of Flaxweiler welcomed the foundation to mark the launch of the 30th national tree day. Around 10:00, about fifteen schoolchildren started the day by planting a 50 m long hedge. At 10:30, the Mayor of the municipality of Flaxweiler, Roger Barthelmy, after the speeches from the Vice-President of the Hëllef fir d'Natur Foundation, Claude Meisch, the Director of Nature and Forests Administration, Frank Wolter, and the representatives of the Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development, Marianne Mousel and Gilles Biver, and the Minister Joëlle Welfring being at COP27, everyone took action by planting the first fruit trees in a new orchard of 50 trees.

This National Tree Day is an opportunity to highlight the importance of trees and the respect that should be shown to them while transmitting this essential attitude to future generations.

From Saturday 19 November 2022, many municipalities, associations and private individuals will plant trees. People who are unable to plant can support one of the projects on www.naturemwelt.lu. Four national projects concerning plantations of hedges, wild fruit trees, solitary trees or orchards are proposed.

Due to warmer autumn temperatures in recent years, to be linked to climate change, the foundation has decided to postpone National Tree Day. To have better conditions for planting and trees that are well into their winter rest, the event will now take place on the third Saturday of November.

For donations to support the actions of Hëllef fir d'Natur de natur&ëmwelt Foundation: CCPLLUL IBAN LU89 1111 0789 9941 0000.