To mark International Forest Day at the beginning of spring, OCHSENKOPF decided to support an environmental facility in the local surroundings. For every axe sold through the online platform www.ochsenkopf.com on International Forest Day, OCHSENKOPF donated € 2 to Station Natur und Umwelt. At the end of the day, the company had raised around € 1000 for the social organisation. Station Natur und Umwelt in Wuppertal was delighted to receive the donation – and with the symbolic planting of the tree in the Easter holidays.
Station Natur und Umwelt was founded in 1984, and is now the biggest communal facility for environmental education in North Rhine-Westphalia. The educational nature reserve in Wuppertal measures seven hectares (approx. 16 acres), and every year over 35,000 nature-lovers visit to experience plants and animals in line with its motto of "Natur erfassen – Natur zum Anfassen" ("Embrace nature, touch nature"). This motto is also perfect for the OCHSENKOPF brand, because its forestry tools enable the user to experience nature up close.
The extensive range of forestry and arboriculture tools are used to process and shape trees and shrubs. To mark International Forest Day 2017, which the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) founded in the 1970s in response to the global destruction of forests, OCHSENKOPF made a promise on its Facebook page to support the charitable booster club Natur und Umwelt e. V. with a donation of € 1000. In the Easter holidays, two apple trees were planted symbolically on the area in Wuppertal with children from the holiday camps. "We are so grateful for this donation, and planting the trees was a great idea. Hopefully the children will be able to help harvest the apples in future," Peter Noltze, the deputy chairman of the booster club, was delighted to report.
In addition to numerous nature courses for people of all ages that can be booked online, the Station also works with young adults. Anyone who is still unsure of what profession to pursue after school can come here for a Voluntary Ecology Year ("Freiwilliges Ökologisches Jahr – FÖJ"). This is a year of rolling up your sleeves and helping with tasks such as setting up nesting sites, toad fencing and emptying waste containers in woods and forests. "We are delighted to be able to support a terrific organisation in Station für Natur und Umwelt that enables people of all ages to experience nature up close," explained the owner Karen Dowidat.