Ten Years “Zülow Carers”31.07.2014
Seventeen Young Helpers at the International Work Camp
Young people from ten nations show their social commitment to the nature ecosystem of Rangsdorf/Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH a patron of the Work Camp
They have come from Thailand, Argentina or Armenia and will be helping this year to restore the estate park Gross Machnow. The International Work Camp in the nature and landscape ecosystem of Rangsdorf is celebrating its tenth year. Seventeen participants ranging in age from 16 to 29 from ten countries are participating in the anniversary edition of the camp. Joined by a common sense of commitment, they have come together to work as voluntary helpers in the nature and landscape ecosystem of the Zülow lowlands.
The focal point of this year’s work for the care and development of the nature and landscape ecosystem is on the estate park of Gross Machnow. Over the next three weeks, the northern park pathway, currently paved with asphalt, will be removed and a natural pathway appropriate to a listed garden will be created along the same route. In addition, a meadow will be turned into a wetland which will be home to a broad diversity of life; general clean-up and conservation work will be done throughout the entire estate park as well.
The Landschaftspflegeverein Mittelbrandenburg e.V. (Association of Rural Conservation of Middle Brandenburg) and the Verein Internationale Jugendgemeinschaftsdienste (Association for International Youth Community Projects), ijgd, are the organisers of the work camp. Since the first camp in Rangsdorf in 2005, 163 young people from 33 countries have volunteered their labour for the preservation of this nature and landscape ecosystem. The Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH has been a supporter of the international encounters of the “Zülow carers” for ten years. The supporting programme includes a visit to Berlin Brandenburg Airport.
The Airport Company is conducting numerous compensatory and substitute measures over the long term within the framework of a programme of compensation activities under nature preservation law as an offset to the BER expansion work. The largest of these projects is the Zülow lowlands — a lowlands and cultivated landscape with an area of about 2,600 hectares located between Mittenwalde, Dabendorf and Rangsdorf. The objective is to upgrade the open lowlands landscape and its agricultural features and to enhance the diversity of the area. The compensatory measures seek to improve living conditions for the flora and fauna here, which will also enrich the experience of visitors to the Zülow lowlands. The substitute measures for the construction of BER run around the airport like a ribbon. For instance, nine trees have been planted for every tree cut down, and compensation has been created for every sealed surface.
The Work Camp will continue until 17 August. Media representatives can visit the young people on the site and speak to them about their work for landscape preservation. We will send out a special invitation to the closing event when the results of the work will be presented.