Nine years of "Zülow carers" - 17 young helpers in the International Work Camp08.07.2013
This year's nature and landscape conservation and development work is focussing on the Groß Machnow vineyard. The vineyard features a conservation area that has existed since 1936, thus making it one of the oldest in the State of Brandenburg. A footpath there climbs to the hilltop 76.4 metres above sea level, passing pine trees typical of the Mark Brandenburg region and a forest of gnarled oaks. The team of helpers will manually clear the path to make it passable again. The summit affords a view that extends far past the Baruth glacial valley. Besides also conserving ant heaps built by the red wood ant on the warmer southern slopes, the team of helpers will tend the valuable dry grasslands and areas of open landscape thus preserving them for the long term. Protected plant species and an extensive and diverse insect world will benefit from these activities.
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). A total of 147 young persons from 32 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 ninth year in succession. The work camp also includes a visit to the future Berlin Brandenburg Airport.
As part of its development of Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt, the airport company has made a long-term commitment to numerous compensatory and substitute measures within the scope of the statutory nature conservation compensation scheme. The biggest project is in the Zülow lowlands – some 2600 hectares of lowland and cultivated landscape between Mittenwalde, Dabendorf and Rangsdorf. The intention is to upgrade the open lowlands that have been shaped by agriculture and make the landscape more varied. The compensatory measures aim to improve the living conditions for flora and fauna and therefore enhance the way in which people experience the Zülow lowlands. The compensatory and substitute measures for sustainability that are being implemented in the development of BER encompass the entire airport. Thus, for instance, new trees are planted for every tree felled and substitute areas are created for areas that have become impervious surfaces.
The work camp will run until July 28. Media representatives are cordially invited to visit the young people 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.