In many ways, we take the outdoor spaces at the front and back of the buildings in our neighbourhoods for granted. Green space is par for the course. But it isn’t that simple: Deutsche Wohnen employs experts in green space management who incorporate sustainable development into their work. The company takes this approach quite simply because even a small amount of green space makes a major contribution to the feel-good factor in a neighbourhood and helps boost biodiversity.
Making our neighbourhoods more eco-friendly
As part of the project “A new home for bees”, Deutsche Wohnen’s green space management team help promote biodiversity in urban spaces by creating bee-friendly outdoor areas and green spaces. Bringing tenants on board with this process is key.
mixed shrub beds created in total in 2020
Growing a greener neighbourhood
Last year, 600 sqm of flower meadows and 400 sqm of mixed shrub beds were installed on Gallwitzallee in Steglitz. Our tenants can now sow and harvest herbs and vegetables in raised beds themselves and take responsibility for caring for the newly planted fruit trees. “I’m absolutely delighted to see how lovely everything is now,” says Cornelia Hohmann, Deutsche Wohnen commercial customer adviser in Steglitz. She coordinates handover to residents on-site. The redesign adds a bit of variety to the greenery – and boosts community spirit, as Cornelia Hohmann can attest.
Getting everyone involved: 6,000 flower bulbs and one nature trail
The redesign of the Kastanienallee in Marzahn-Hellersdorf continued in 2020, with the aim of making the street even more attractive and eco-friendly. As part of a bulb-planting initiative, our team worked with tenants to plant 6,000 flower bulbs along the route. In addition, 500 sqm of mixed shrub beds were also installed, creating a bright new colour palette every month. “Our work to create more diversity and beauty in our green spaces benefits everyone: our tenants, the local area as a whole, and, last but not least, nature and the environment,” says commercial customer adviser Nadine Scheunchen.
In collaboration with the Naturschutz Berlin Malchow association, Kastanienallee is now home to the Castanea nature trail, designed to raise awareness of nature and the environment among locals and visitors alike through fun and interactive features and play facilities.
flower meadows created in total in 2020
Big things make a big impact
Climate action begins at home and recycling plays a key role, helping to save raw materials and reduce CO2 emissions. To raise tenants’ awareness of this issue, we took part in a Berliner Stadtreinigung street cleaning initiative in summer 2020 and created two “big things” in Hellersdorf: a tea box and bottle cap. These big things were designed to serve as seating and a source of information on recycling and tenants made good use of them, according to Nadine Scheunchen.