University of Bayreuth, Press Release No. 064/2021, 21 May 2021
University and the City of Bayreuth growing closer together
A circular route through the green south of Bayreuth has been created via a newly opened entrance to the Ecological Botanical Garden of the University of Bayreuth. With this additional access to the Ecological Botanical Garden in the south-west of the grounds and the additional routing, the local recreation area in the south of Bayreuth has been further upgraded thanks to close cooperation between the University and the City of Bayreuth.
The gate and the additional pathway will provide access to the missing section in the circular path between Röhrensee Zoo and the Ecological Botanical Garden. The connecting path is part of the overall vision for “Bayreuth’s Living South”, a project which envisages improved spatial and content-related networking of the facilities located there (including the Lindenhof Environmental Information Centre). In 2020, the City created a “path of biodiversity” in the “Student Forest” with over 40 species of deciduous trees, designed the connecting path to the new entrance, and planned and installed a new gate. In total, the City has invested around € 65,000 in the project.
For its part, the University of Bayreuth is investing around € 40,000 in access paths on the grounds of the Ecological Botanical Garden, providing visitors with previously hidden insights. On the way from the south entrance to the grounds, visitors first pass near-natural wetlands and their specific flora (including various species of willow) and fauna. Further on, the path leads past scientific trial areas exemplifying research activities in the field, and the arboretum with its particularly rich stock of trees and woody plants, to the crop garden, where special attention will be paid to the diverse world of legumes in 2021.
“This will enable us to show visitors even better the vision of our garden, which presents more than 12,000 plant species as well as countless animal species on a total area of over 16 hectares, spanning the spectrum from intensively horticulturally managed to near nature or completely natural areas”, Gregor Aas, Head of the Ecological Botanical Garden at the University of Bayreuth, is pleased to say. “It is precisely this strong ecological orientation of the Bayreuth Botanical Garden that makes it something very special.”
Provost Dr Nicole Kaiser explains that “the Ecological Botanical Garden is a scientific institution of the University of Bayreuth serving outstanding research and practical teaching. It is also an important centre for public education as well as a popular local recreation destination. With its focus on ecology and the environment, it makes an important contribution to biodiversity and conservation.”
The Ecological Botanical Garden can be entered and exited via the newly opened south entrance during regular opening hours (Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday, Sundays, and public holidays: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.). In order not to disturb the sensitive ecological balance, visitors are asked not to leave the paths and to bear in mind that the removal of plant (parts) and the harvesting of seeds, fruits or mushrooms are only permitted for research purposes. To protect the ecosystems of the garden, bicycles and dogs must stay outside.
“The fact that you have so many opportunities to enjoy nature in and around Bayreuth enhances the City immensely. The south of Bayreuth, with its Ecological Botanical Garden, which is now home to more than 100 species of birds, Lindenhof, and Röhrensee, already plays an important role in this," says Head Mayor Thomas Ebersberger.
He emphasises, “But that’s not all. We are seeking to interconnect all of this better and further enhance it through the “Bayreuth’s Living South” project. The path of biodiversity has already been laid out, and a citizens’ grove is to be created with the possibility for citizens to plant trees there themselves. And we wish to restore certain historic ponds. We have applied to the federal government for funding for this. Together with the Stadtwerke public utility company and the University, a number of important projects are underway in and around Bayreuth.”