Reforestation of 500 chequer trees

Planting chequer trees on a hill
Planting chequer trees on a hill
Photo: Dr. Fried

Naturefund and EURid planted 500 rare chequer trees at the edge of the Calden forest together with the District Forester Matthias Moos of Hessenforst.

The chequer tree – A Rarity in Germany

The chequer tree is one of the rarest trees in Germany making up less than 1% of the overall tree population. However, it is precisely this tree that offers nourishment and a habitat to many different species. This gives us a good reason to plant 500 rare chequer trees on the edge of the forest near Calden with support from EURid and the District Forester Matthias Moos of Hessenforst.

Basic data


Calden, Northern Hesse. On the northern border of Calden forest aka "the Tiergarten".


500 chequer trees planted over an area of 4.500 m².


Wild bees, mistle thrushes, hedgehogs, foxes, badgers and sand lizards.


Chequer trees


Chequer wood used to be highly treasured and sought-after. Nowadays it has become one of the rarest tree types in Germany, making up less than 1% of the population. The average-sized, slowly growing tree that relishes sun and warmth had lost its appeal to the forestry industry and was therefore over the centuries gradually replaced by beech and spruce trees.

Special feature

Chequer trees are well-adapted to withstand the increasing Summer temperatures resulting from climate change. An extensive root system gives the chequer tree great stabilitym even during stormy weather. From the end of May until the beginning of June, the chequer tree has white blossoms and provides insects with a valuable habitat. In September and October it's berries act as  a nourishing food source for birds and animals.

EURid was selected as administrator of the ".eu Top-Level-Domain" in 2003. EURid was registered on the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) and used the occasion to donate 500 rare chequer trees on the European Parliament members' behalf.


District Forester Matthias Moos of Hessenforst has been committed to sustainable and natural forest management for a number of years. The District Forestry of Calden will manage the long-term reforestation of chequer trees.

Maintenance strategy

Reforestation is about more than just replanting a rare tree species. The reforestation area of over 4,500 m² that borders onto calcareous grasslands, hedges and forests, all rich in biodiversity, constitutes an important point of contact between forest land and open grassland. A light forest primarily populated by chequer trees offers a habitat to numerous species.

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