Eight years of "Zülow carers": 17 young helpers in the International Work Camp09.07.2012
The focus of this year's conservation and development work on Rangsdorf’s network of hiking and walking trails is to restore an old pathway from Groß Machnow manor park to the surrounding meadows. This will involve creating a new circular footpath, offering an attractive place to rest and relax in Groß Machnow. A footbridge will be built over the moat bordering the manor park garden monument, in order to turn what was once a rural road into a path. Debris and fallen trees will be cleared and paths clearly marked with low hedges of layered wood. The youngsters will also make and put up bird nesting boxes, as well as signpost the precious old tree population in the manor park.
The Landschaftspflegverein Mittelbrandenburg e.V. (Central Brandenburg Association of Rural Conservation) organises the International Work Camp in conjunction with the Internationale Jugendgemeinschaftsdienste (ijgd) (Association for International Youth Community Projects). 130 youngsters from 30 countries have worked on protecting the natural landscape since the camp first started in Rangsdorf in 2005. Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH is sponsoring the international meeting of "Zülow carers" for the eighth year in row. The work camp also includes a visit to the construction site of the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport.
Within the scope of expanding Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt, the airport company has committed to a number of long-term compensatory measures as part of the statutory conservation measures. The biggest project is in the Zülow lowlands – some 2,600 hectares of lowland and cultivated landscape between Mittenwalde, Dabendorf and Rangsdorf. The object is to upgrade the open lowlands, which are shaped by agriculture, and design the landscape in a more varied manner. The compensatory measures should improve the living conditions for flora and fauna and therefore increase the quality of the Zülow lowlands. The sustainable compensatory measures used to build BER encompass the entire airport. Elsewhere, for example, new trees are being planted for every tree felled and a replacement is being created for every sealed area.
The work camp will run until 29 July. Media representatives are cordially invited to visit the youngsters on camp and talk to them about the landscape conservation work they are doing. A separate invitation will be sent for the closing event, where the fruits of their labour will be presented.