Tenth International Work Camp draws to successful conclusion

Bereits zum zehnten Mal haben sich 17 junge Menschen im Alter von 16 bis 29 Jahren drei Wochen lang als freiwillige Helfer im Natur- und Landschaftsraum Zülowniederung engagiert. Heute haben sie die Ergebnisse ihrer Arbeit präsentiert.

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.

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 created a near-natural pathway of gravel and sand on 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.

The airport company, in collaboration with other partners, 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. 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).

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