Footbridge and owl box: Final presentation by the "Zülow carers"26.07.2012
An approx. two-kilometre-long circular footpath through Groß Machnow manor park, a new footbridge, signposts for rare giant trees, and home-made bird boxes show just how hard participants have been working. Seventeen young volunteers from ten nations have worked a total of around 980 hours on the edge of the Zülow lowlands within the scope of the 8th International Work Camp, which has been running for the past three weeks in the natural landscape of Rangsdorf.
Thanks to the "Zülow carers", a new, approx. two-kilometre-long circular footpath has been created through the town of Groß Machnow and the manor park. Work focused on restoring an old pathway from Groß Machnow manor park to the surrounding meadows. A seven-metre-long and two-metre-wide footbridge made of local timber was built over the moat bordering the manor park and the connecting rural road was turned into a path. This had to be cleared from all kinds of fallen and dead bits of tree. Eleven particularly fine or rare giant trees in the Groß Machnow manor park were marked with self-made signs; a sign now appears at the entrance to the park. In addition, a large owl box as well as several home-made bird boxes can now be found along the path.
Besides working outdoors, there were also a number of recreational activities on offer: these included a visit to BER, a tour of the German Bundestag, a tour of the Friedrichshain quarter and a trip to Potsdam.
The meeting of youngsters from all over the world is organised by the Landschaftspflegeverein Mittelbrandenburg e.V. (Central Brandenburg Association of Rural Conservation) and the Verein Internationale Jugendgemeinschaftsdienste (ijgd) e.V. (Association for International Youth Community Projects) and coordinated locally. 130 youngsters from 30 countries have taken part since the camp first started in Rangsdorf in 2005. Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH is sponsoring the International Work Camp for the eighth year in row. The International Work Camp is also supported by Rangsdorf's Municipal Maintenance Yard and Tourist Office.
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.