Restoration of the historic manor park Gutspark Dahlewitz29.07.2011
Today Berlin Airports handed over the Gutspark Dahlewitz manor park to the municipality of Blankenfelde-Mahlow, represented by the town’s mayor, Ortwin Baier. The restoration of the 7.3 hectare park is one of numerous mitigation and compensatory measures implemented by Berlin Airports as compensation for the construction of Airport Berlin Brandenburg.
“With the restoration of this beautiful historic park Berlin Airports have successfully implemented yet another mitigation and compensation measure in connection with the construction of the new Airport Berlin Brandenburg”, said Dr. Manfred A. Körtgen, Managing Director of Operations/BBI at Berlin Airports. “Gutspark Dahlewitz is now a green oasis in the vicinity of the airport which is ideal for relaxation and allows people to experience nature at first hand.”
“This park, which for many years was practically derelict, has now at long last been restored to its historic function and is open to the residents of Dahlewitz and beyond as a local park”, said mayor Ortwin Baier. I am very happy that the airport has played such a driving role in restoring this wonderful park.”
Historic photographs and pictures, dating back to 1831, show a park within the boundaries of the present park. In the past decades the park had become overgrown due to a lack of maintenance, creating diverse natural habitats for plants and wildlife. The restoration work for Gutspark Dahlewitz took these cultural, historical and ecological aspects into consideration.
Since work started here in 2009, the historic paths have been restored in Gutspark Dahlewitz and 1.8 kilometres of new paths laid out, the ditches and ponds have been cleaned and restored, four bridges rebuilt according to historic plans and 10,700 square metres of meadows created. The parts of the park that play a particularly important role in habitat and species protection have been sensitively and carefully developed. The project has restored the local significance of Gutspark Dahlewitz.