Belgium will be the partner country

Belgium will be the partner country

Belgium will be the partner country of the world's leading fair for horticulture IPM ESSEN in 2019. As is well-known, the partnership was put under the motto 'Rooted in Craftsmanship Together'. The words have now been followed by deeds within the framework of a tree planting event. Since November 12, a summer linden has decorated the Messe Essen site. The tree has found its place in front of the new East Fair Building on the side towards Norbertstrasse.

Together with Oliver P. Kuhrt, CEO of Messe Essen, and Helmut Rüskamp, Vice-President of the North Rhine-Westphalia State Horticultural Association, the guests who had travelled from Belgium (i.e. Koen Vanswijgenhoven, Regional Manager for Germany of the Flanders' Agricultural Marketing Board (VLAM) in Brussels, Pieter Van Oost, Managing Director of the Belgian Nurserymen and Growers Federation (AVBS), and Lucien Verschoren, Chairman of the AVBS Specialist Group on the Tree Nursery Sector) took hold of spades in order to plant a 2.20-metre-high Tilia platyphyllos 'Zelzate' (summer linden) on the Messe Essen site. A specially produced plaque with the inscription "Tilia platyphyllos 'Zelzate' - Gift from Belgium - Partner Country of IPM 2019" was placed in commemoration of this special moment.

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