On October 7th, 2012, Pastor Frieder Vollprecht (watering the tree) planted a bird cherry tree on behalf of the Moravian Church, Germany.
On Reformation Day, October 31st, 2012, the Moravian Church Board in Herrnhut, Germany, planted two linden trees in memory of the work of the two reformers Martin Luther and Jan Hus. The founding of the Moravian church (“Bohemian Brotherhood” in German) goes back to the work of the Czech Reformer Jan Hus, who was sentenced and burned at the stake as a heretic. The linden tree was chosen as the tree species for the partner tree because it is the Czech national tree and is a vital part of the cityscape in the town of Herrnhut. Both of the “Reformation Linden Trees” were planted in the Baroque Garden in front of the Vogtshof, the seat of the Moravian church in Herrnhut. “With this we are emphasizing the connection which both reformers have for us, from Wittenberg and Prague, from Germany and Czechia,” said Frieder Vollprecht, member of the church leadership of the Moravian Church – Herrnhut Brotherhood and acting chair of the Moravian Church Board.