The ramwood extraction was a widespread form of economy in the Siebengebirge and the lower Middle Rhine region. As Ramholz one called piles for tying the vines in the vineyards . The name comes from the Latin word ramus = the branch. The same stem appears in the place names Ramersdorf and Ramersbach (district of Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler ).
The ramwood was produced by head of beech at a height of about 2 m. At the intersections, the beeches formed numerous branches that rose straight up. These branches were cut off again as soon as they had reached a diameter of 5 to 7 cm and could therefore be used as vine stakes. In addition to vineyard stakes , firewood was also produced in this way. Presumably the ramwood beeches were only beheaded at a great height so that the cattle, which were previously driven into the forest in large numbers, could not bite the young shoots.
The first evidence of the ramwood economy can be found as early as the 13th century . In the Siebengebirge this type of economy was not given up until the beginning of the 20th century. On the left bank of the Rhine, relics of this type of farming are still present in private forests in the Sinzig and Remagen areas, here the trees were formerly decapitated at knee height, so that sticks with a height of approx. 50 cm can now be seen.
- Weindorf Rheinbreitbach (Ramholzkultur) accessed on November 30, 2012