Bike Touring Highlight
For almost 200 years, the stately chestnut in the south of Düsseldorf. Now a mushroom let the green fame die off. The thick trunk creates art. This reconciles the friends of the tree. Some hug him goodbye.
Where the Rhine flows in the south of Dusseldorf in a large loop, stands a mighty chestnut. For almost 200 years, the tree has its place in the rural Himmelgeister Rheinbogen. The age and the awe-inspiring stature have made the chestnut a celebrity.
The standing horse chestnut also became a tourist attraction, because it is a tree with an address. The fans have arranged it that way. The postman has thrown about 5,500 letters in the mailbox in recent years. Andreas Vogt from the Circle of Friends of the Chestnut answered. What is entrusted to a tree? "It's about death, life, illness, separation but also about tree care," says Vogt."We always say: This is our home tree," says the 51-year-old employee. The tree friends, a circle of up to 80 people, were found when the chestnut was to be felled in 2006. This was prevented and the elderly protégé more and more well-known.But now the 18-meter tall tree-old has died and has to be felled. Protest is not stirring. Because the trunk becomes a work of art, tree friends, city and owners have happily agreed on this. Many make a pilgrimage again. Andreas Vogt reports that walkers walk around for the last time, take a picture or hug the 124 centimeter thick trunk, which is so much older than itself.
June 20, 2018
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