Young helpers from ten nations present what they have achieved with their 720 hours of voluntary conservation work at the Groß Machnow vineyard. In the space of three weeks, the 17 young people aged between 16 and 21 cleared dense sprawling growth from 1100 metres of nature trail and planted 200 metres of natural hedges. They also improved protective measures for the red wood ant, redesigned the hilltop vantage point that offers a view of the Baruth glacial valley, and cleared the whole area of rubbish. Signs made by the young people themselves provide information about the individual conservation measures carried out on the old vineyard terraces for the benefit of numerous protected animal and plant species. With enormous commitment, the young conservationists also removed non-native woody plants, such as the black cherry tree, from an area of 1500 square metres.
The Groß Machnow vineyard accommodates, among other things, the third oldest conservation area in the State of Brandenburg, having been established in 1936. This was the ninth time the Landschaftspflegeverein Mittelbrandenburg e.V. (Central Brandenburg Association of Rural Conservation) organised the International Work Camp in the Zülow lowlands in conjunction with the Internationale Jugendgemeinschaftsdienste (ijgd) e.V. (Association for International Youth Community Projects). The 2600 hectares of lowlands and cultivated landscape are situated between Mittenwalde, Dabendorf and Rangsdorf. Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH supports these projects, which take place annually.