Industry and nature in harmony: CFM Oskar Tropitzsch receives award
The Bavarian State Ministry for the Environment and Consumer Protection encourages businesses to design their areas to be insect-friendly and close to nature as part of the “Blühpakt Bayern” project. This should not only help the bees, but also support the entire biodiversity in Bavaria. A total of around 50 companies were awarded, including Cfm Oskar Tropitzsch.
Dagmar Schmitt from the Bavarian State Ministry for the Environment and Consumer Protection and the Lord Mayor of Marktredwitz, Oliver Weigel, insisted on handing over the award personally to those responsible for the project.
Hand in hand for the protection of species
Schmitt: “We are delighted that we are handing you this award and that you are allowed to join the ´Blooming Businesses´ family.” According to Schmitt, seven companies in this region have already received awards, including two directly in Marktredwitz.
Lord Mayor Oliver Weigel is also pleased about the commitment: “We take the issue of species protection very seriously – this can be seen in the city center, for example, where we are creating more and more flower strips instead of bare-mowed areas. We are particularly pleased when companies join this development. Congratulations on this award. “
This project was mainly driven by Dr. Sandra Miklos, who came across it by chance. Dr. Sandra Miklos: “My colleague and I discovered the campaign on the Internet and we immediately agreed that we wanted to take part. Last year we signed up. ”After Dagmar Schmitt and Julia Holzmüller had convinced themselves of the status quo on site, a free consultation followed with expert Ute Geyer from Goldkronach.
The recipe for success: the perfect mix of wildflowers, shrubs and woods
In order to receive the award, a number of criteria must be met. For example, at least 20 percent of the areas must be natural – that is, they bloom continuously from spring to autumn. They have to offer different habitats from various perennials, woody plants and native wildflowers. Furthermore, no chemical pesticides or peat-containing substrates may be used. Some areas of the flowering areas are to be preserved as wintering sites for insects.
It’s good that the company relied on the sustainable and insect-friendly design of the site when the new company building was built in 2018. For example, almost 50 percent of the total area is natural. Instead of concrete and asphalt, there are water-permeable floor slabs in the company’s parking lot. Downward-shining LED lights provide insect-friendly lighting for the outside area. Numerous bees, bumblebees and butterflies cavort on the surrounding wildflower meadow, peppered with wild carrots, dyer’s chamomile, corn poppy and mullein. A colony of wild bees has found a new home in the insect hotel and foxes, hares and kestrels can also be seen regularly on the premises.
Blooming pact: win-win for insects and team members
When asked about the motivation behind the project for managing director Steffen Tropitzsch, he replied: “The rural area in which we are here is something very special, because it clearly shows that industry and nature do not necessarily have to be in opposition. If we coordinate the two, we help protect biodiversity and at the same time promote our own work-life balance. This motivated us to take part in the Bloom Pact project.”