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Event Chur

Excursion: What blooms in Seidengut?


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The Seidengut in Chur once had 10,000 mulberry trees. Today there are hedgerows, fruit trees, dry stone walls and colourful dry meadows. Discover the dry vegetation on this excursion!


05.06.2024 from 13:36 to 16:30 o'clock
Adults: CHF 20.00
Child: CHF 10.00
WWF member adults: CHF 15.00
WWF member child: CHF 5.00
Chur, 7000, Switzerland

The Seidengut area is a dry site in Chur. This special name comes from the fact that the steep and well-sunned slope of the silk estate was used for silkworm breeding for a long time. Silkworm breeding came to Graubünden in the 19th century. In 1831, the Graubünden Silk Growers' Association was founded and, among other things, the southern slope of the silk estate in Chur was terraced and planted with 400 mulberry trees for the rearing of silkworms. However, silk production, as elsewhere, never flourished. From 1871 onwards, the cultivation became no longer profitable due to the advent of synthetic fibres and was soon abandoned altogether. Initially, the area was planted and used with fruit trees, but later it was neglected. The cultivation of the terraced landscape was gradually abandoned, the open areas lay fallow and overgrown with shrubs and woody plants.

The area has been cleared of bushes and upgraded over the last 20 years. Where mulberry trees once stood for silk production, there are now hedges, fruit trees, mighty dry stone walls and colourful dry meadows. However, alien plants such as the occupational herb threaten to displace the floral splendour. WWF volunteers fight these neophytes and regularly maintain this natural oasis.

This excursion is THE opportunity to get to know the protected areas on Chur's doorstep better.

We meet at 1:36 p.m. at the bus stop 'Chur, Krematorium'. On the way to the old Schanfiggerstrasse and along it in the direction of Schanfigg, we get to know various woody plants, flowers and grasses and learn interesting facts about their benefits for people and nature. In addition to getting to know the most important plants, we also take a closer look at the habitats. We make our way back in time to catch the bus at 4:43 pm.


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