Two trees stand out from the surrounding greenery in the Coburger Hofgarten near the Herzog-Alfred-Brunnen (Duke Alfred Fountain). Their reddish leaves are particularly striking; they are two beautiful copper beeches. They were planted there roughly 130 years ago and have developed into beautiful trees.
But the idyll is deceptive. “We’re worried about the copper beeches,” says Bernhard Ledermann, head of the parks department, at a site visit. He points to the crowns of the trees, which are thinning out noticeably. “The trees are losing all their vigour.”
Soil aeration with mycorrhiza inoculum was carried out in an effort to preserve these trees.
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