11th International Work Camp: 170 metres of pathways relaid20.08.2015
Despite this year’s record-high temperatures, the youngsters who took part in the 11th International Work Camp achieved a lot over the past three weeks. Today, the 18 participants from 13 nations will present the results of their work, which focused on maintaining Groß Machnow estate park.
The job of removing the old concrete pathways in the park was particularly challenging. First of all, the youngsters had to take up some 60 tonnes of concrete before putting in new paths using a mixture of gravel and sand which is in keeping with the park’s status as a listed garden. They relaid more than 170 metres of paths in this way. In addition to this, the work camp participants attached plaques to more than 280 trees in the park so that they could be recorded in a tree register. Vistas were also reinstated and rubbish was cleared out of the park’s moat, which is currently dry. The youngsters also logged the type of flora in the park’s grassy areas.
The first International Work Camp was held in 2005. It is organised by the Landschaftspflegeverein Mittelbrandenburg e. V. (Central Brandenburg Association of Rural Conservation) and the Verein Internationale Jugendgemeinschaftsdienste (ijgd; Association for International Youth Community Projects). Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH has been supporting the project for 11 years now. As part of this year’s work camp, the international volunteers also visited the airport fire station in Schönefeld.