Strong roots in the region – 75 trees in the German Green Belt for 75 years of JUMO

Concerted, sustainable action as well as social responsibility to people and the environment have a long tradition at our company. Large areas of forest have been damaged by storms, bark beetle infection, and drought over the last few years in our region, so that extensive reforestation is required to help grow a healthy and sustainable forest.


As part of this local employee campaign, in March we will be planting 75 wild service trees on the “German Green Belt” (former inner-German border) in the UNESCO Rhön Biosphere Reserve in memory of our company’s founder, Moritz Kurt Juchheim, who came from Ilmenau, Thuringia.


The second part of the huge planting campaign will take place in November when we will be planting 2023 oak trees to create the “75 years of JUMO anniversary forest” – supported by JUMO in cooperation with HessenForst, the Forstamt Hofbieber forestry authority, and the UNESCO Rhön Biosphere Reserve.


Successful Tree Planting Event in Cold and Wet Weather

We were able to demonstrate once again that JUMO employees perform outstanding work even under the toughest conditions during the tree planting campaign on March 25, 2023. In uncomfortable weather conditions following a hailstorm, 75 wild service trees and true service trees were planted by JUMO management and the “75 Years of JUMO” project team on a pass between the Hessian town of Gotthards and the Thuringian town of Ketten.


All participants were dressed for the weather and equipped with rubber boots and work shoes or at least sturdy footwear and gloves. Wet wipes and umbrellas were also provided. After about 3 hours all the little trees were in place thanks in large part to the excellent teamwork, organization, and personal responsibility of everyone involved.


During the campaign, Florian Wilshusen, the head of the Hofbieber forestry office, provided information about the current tree population (beech and spruce) and gave an overview of the forest development with the inclusion of wild service trees and true service trees. Both tree species are expected to make the forest more climatically stable as well as resistant to heat and drought. They should also help expand the native tree species.


After the work was done the Rhön game sausages, the anniversary beer, and the non-alcoholic drinks tasted all the more delicious and provided a successful balance to the busy morning.