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Protecting our Planet Stories: Biodiversity

EMPLOYEES AT NEUCHÂTEL SITE START VEGETABLE GARDEN

In 2021, 60 employees at the Neuchâtel manufacturing site created a collective vegetable garden on the premises of the site. More than 1,000 square meters have been transformed into a ‘Permaculture Area’.

The idea was to offer employees the opportunity to manage their own or shared piece of land through a collective self-managed initiative, allowing to grow and harvest their own fruits & vegetables.

The garden was designed by a permaculture designer who provided employees with an online training. In less than three months employees were ready to build their own organic vegetable garden.

On top employees came together to build a hedgehog house, fill insect hostels and plant berry trees to facilitate biodiversity.

TAKEDA GARDEN FOR MEDICAL PLANT CONSERVATION

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The garden, based in Kyoto, Japan, was established in 1933 as a facility for researching medicinal plants. We are continuously engaging in social contribution activities, focusing on the collection, storage, and cultivation of medicinal plants. The site houses 3,000 species of plants including medicinal plants on a 94,000 sq. meter area. There are about 560 camellia varieties that Chobei Takeda VI started to collect in 1956.

BEES SYMBOLIZE A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT
AND BIODIVERSITY

In 2020 beehives were installed in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, supported by the site’s environment committee, an employee resource group. Each employee received a pot of honey at the end of the year. Also a team at the Linz and Orth sites, Austria, collaborated with the Upper Austrian Beekeeping Association to install beehives at the site. The ones in Orth were set up by a former Takeda employee.