It’s just past six o’clock in the morning. The pale light of dawn is shimmering through the tops of the fir trees near Sonthofen-Wertach in the Upper Allgäu. The simple forestry hut on the edge of the woods is already a hive of activity. A dozen people – from students to pensioners – have gathered here to do some voluntary work for the forest.
While the last few drag themselves out of bed, Peter Naumann greets the cheerful bunch at the breakfast table. The professional forestry engineer is the spokesperson for the Mountain Forest Project, which is dedicated to protecting and replanting woodland. To be specific: volunteers roll up their sleeves and carry out various stints of work, normally a week at a time, in Bavaria’s forests. Just half an hour later the lay forestry workers get going: there’s a lot to be done!