The juniper has many faces - and many legends that surround him. On this 5.5-kilometer circular walk you can discover the many facets of this evergreen tree, which still dominated large parts of the Bergisches Land 200 years ago.For since the Middle Ages, the settlers here had cut down more and more forests to obtain fuel and lumber. Because the resulting meadow areas were intensively grazed, large heathland developed on which one of only a few plants was able to maintain its frugal juniper with its pointed needles.The Branscheider juniper heath, through which this trail leads, is today one of the last juniper heaths in the Oberbergischen and is protected with human help and animal support from sheep and goat herds from being overgrown by the forest. Along the way, boards also tell about the importance of juniper as a spice in the kitchen as well as about its healing powers, for example against kidney and bladder diseases.There are also interesting insights into the myths surrounding the juniper. For example, wool and food were once sacrificed to the tree when a child became ill. But especially at dusk its uneven growth habit can be really scary. One more reason to discover the secret of the Juniper in this way.
September 18, 2017
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