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A little bumblebee as ambassador for Frankfurt's biodiversity

22.03.2018 | 07:59 Clock | Citywhispers
A little bumblebee as ambassador for Frankfurt's biodiversity

Buzz Buzz Buzz - a small, plushy bumblebee becomes a symbol for Frankfurt's biodiversity! The friendly, as yet nameless hummer was made by the Parks Department in collaboration with the Frankfurt School of Clothing and Fashion. The students of class 11 INTEA 4 sewed one hundred copies of a prototype, which was presented from 16 to 18 March as part of the Green Exchange in the Palmengarten.

"We are very pleased about this cooperation, because as ambassadors for our urban biodiversity we wanted to have a real Frankfurt original - as a symbol for the local flora and fauna," said Rosemarie Heilig, Head of the Department of the Environment. "Part of this, of course, is that we were keen to have it produced locally. We found open ears and doors at the Frankfurt Fashion School with this."

The twenty students from the INTEA 4 graduating class, all of them refugees from a total of five different nations, had fun at work - after all, they were the ones who thought about the design of the "face" and the arrangement of the wings. The school has adopted the topic of biodiversity in its biology lessons, and some of the pupils have been working intensively on the bumblebee and its habitat as part of their final presentation. "A win-win situation" Judith Euler and Silvia Schmitt-Bauer, the two teachers who have supervised the project from the beginning, are pleased. "In this way, the pupils were able to learn something about the nature on our doorstep at the same time".

At the moment, the green space office is still looking for a suitable material from controlled organic cultivation to be used for the bumblebee in the future. Only then will the stuffed animal be given to children and families, for example at events organised by the Parks Department or as a small thank-you for adopting trees or meadows

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