Ten years of “Zülow carers”14.08.2014
Young people from ten nations worked together in Groß Machnow estate park
A proud anniversary for voluntary work in the nature ecosystem of Rangsdorf / work camp sponsored by Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH
They come from countries such as Thailand, Argentina and Armenia, and in this anniversary edition of the Work Camp they have helped to restore Groß Machnow estate park to a condition appropriate to its heritage status. For the tenth time, 17 young people aged between 16 and 29 have come together to carry out voluntary work in the special natural and landscape area of the Zülow lowlands for three weeks. Today they presented the fruits of their labours.
Bringing all their manual and muscle power to bear, the “Zülow carers” removed over 35 tonnes of asphalt and concrete from a 120-metre pathway. Wheelbarrow by wheelbarrow, they converted this route into a near-natural pathway of gravel and sand that is closer to the standards of a listed estate park like this. Moreover, they reactivated a meadow as a species-rich wetland area. And on each side of the new path they tended the trees and bushes, including 150-year-old oaks and lime trees, and removed several square metres of refuse.
This encounter between young people from all over the world is organised once a year in conjunction with the Verein Internationale Jugendgemeinschaftsdienste (Association for International Youth Community Projects), IJGD, and coordinated on site by the Landschaftspflegeverein Mittelbrandenburg e.V. (Association of Rural Conservation of Middle Brandenburg). The work camp aims to promote international understanding and cultural exchange.
Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH has now been supporting the Zülow Work Camp for ten years. Since 2005, 163 young people from 33 countries have volunteered their labour for the preservation of this nature and landscape ecosystem located between Rangsdorf, Mittenwalde and Dabendorf. Other longstanding partners include the municipality and tourism office of Rangsdorf, the Teltow-Fläming district nature conservation and heritage authority and the Wünsdorf forestry authority.
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 of these projects is in the Zülow lowlands.