Inviting nature – presenting the parks Gutspark Großziethen, In den Gehren and Am Dörferblick14.07.2011
The compensatory measures being implemented by Berlin Airports within the scope of expanding Schoenefeld are like a stretch of green around the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport (Willy Brandt). An important part of these compensatory measures are the three parks in the municipality of Schoenefeld, which are largely completed. Dr. Udo Haase, Mayor of Schoenefeld, today joined Berlin Airports on a bike tour to present the manor park Gutspark Großziethen and the parks Am Dörferblick and In den Gehren.
Dr. Udo Haase, Mayor of Schoenefeld: “We are delighted to be able to present today the three parks Gutspark Großziethen, In den Gehren and Am Dörferblick. Schoenefeld is profiting from the construction of the new airport: besides gaining new companies and jobs, the community is also gaining opportunities for leisure and recreation with the parks.”
Ralf Kunkel, Press Officer at Berlin Airports: “We take our responsibility to the community of residents surrounding the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport (Willy Brandt) seriously. And not only in the short term – we are committed to maintaining the parks for the next 25 years once they are completed. This will enable the long-term use of the parks by the surrounding community.”
In den Gehren spans more than 28 hectares and differs from the other two landscaped parks in that part of it can also be used as a grazing area for Mongolian and Polish wild horses. Besides grazing and recreational areas, large groups of trees and bushes, solitary trees and semi-open biotopes create precious habitats for animal and plant species. In den Gehren is integrated into Schoenefeld’s network of foot- and cycling paths and besides grazing areas, features meadows, islands of trees and valleys. A total of 1,270 trees, including field maples, hornbeams, English oaks, silver limes and elms, were mostly planted as stem bushes or multi-stemmed trees.
Compensatory measures in and around BER The stretch of green around the new airport spans over 500 hectares of compensatory measures (avenues, rows of trees, reforestation, small bodies of water, meadows, parks). The largest single project of the compensatory measures is the ecological upgrading of 2,600 hectares of Zülow lowlands. The aim of the measures is to turn the landscape into a recreational area for the airport’s neighbouring community by, for example, making cycling paths greener through avenues, planting new trees for every tree felled, and creating a replacement for every sealed area. In addition, biotope monitoring prevents disruptions to the area surrounding the airport during construction. There are a total of five parks in all: the historic manor parks Dahlewitz (Mahlow-Blankenfelde) and Großziethen as well as the parks In den Gehren, Am Dörferblick and Am Vogelwäldchen. Landscape architects bgmr, Becker, Mohren, Gieseke, Richard were responsible for planning the parks.