A few days earlier, the area had already been prepared and plowed and cultivated with a tractor. The employees and their families formed a line to evenly sow the seeds of the region-specific wildflowers. Approximately 2 grams of seed per square meter was distributed, which should provide for a greater diversity of plant species. Then, as a team effort, the entire wildflower meadow was rolled so that the seeds would grow well on the ground.
With a flower-rich diversity of 40 to 50 wild and cultivated species, biodiversity is to be created. Plants such as marigolds, poppies, maidenhair, sunflowers, shepherd's purse, cornflowers, meadow smoke, borage and wild carrot are among them. Many of these have unfortunately become rare in the Osnabrück region. In 12 - 15 weeks the first plants should be visible. However, it will still take about 2-3 years until the wildflower meadow has grown in full splendor.
At the subsequent barbecue with all helpers, Dr. Kai Behncke said that he was pleased that another flowering meadow, which supports the contribution to environmental education on site, has been created. Also, the iNOEX flowering meadow with its 3000 square meters is one of the larger flowering meadows in the area. He also gave some valuable tips on how the flowering meadow should be maintained in the fall so that new additional plant species will sprout again next year.
"We are excited to see the species-rich wildflower meadow grow this summer. We also want to counteract the loss of biodiversity in this way, because insects such as butterflies, honey bees and wild bees will find food and a habitat in the new flowering meadow," says Ralph Klose, CTO of iNOEX GmbH, who also helped with the campaign.
In the fall, numerous fruit trees will also be planted on the company grounds. These will not only provide food for insects and bees, but also further stabilize the food chain, as insects are also an important food source for amphibians, small mammals and birds.