The projects providing knowledge in the field of the „Maintenance and Restoration of Historical Parks and Gardens” are organised since 2011. Till 2016, all projects had been taken place at the World Heritage site “Classical Weimar”. This enabled European Heritage Volunteers – having its seat in Weimar – to develop the concept in close cooperation with Weimar Classic Foundation, the responsible site management, and to improve the project from year to year in a way that the concept can currently be transferred to other heritage sites. So – from 2017 on similar projects will take place at other heritages sites, too.
The main field of the practical activities are garden and park archaeology and practical restoration works on the base of the results of the archaeological research. Secondly, the volunteers carry out maintenance works which can only be undertaken manually, such as cutting long-grass meadows on slopes.
The educational part of the projects informs the volunteers about the historical background of the particular heritage site, provides knowledge about historical garden and park architecture and traditional gardening and other related topics.
In 2017, European Heritage Volunteers will organise two projects dealing with the „Maintenance and Restoration of Historical Parks and Gardens“:
The first project will take place at Freudenstadt, Baden-Wuerttemberg, and is detailed described under the category “Revitalisation of Heritage Sites”.
The main task will be restoration works in the historic park of a former grand hotel. The wide park area with broad promenades, nicely built in the steep hillside, with stone walls and stair cases as well as intimate sitting opportunities, which surrounds the former hotel due to the absence of any gardening and cultivation had been fallen to oblivion in many years, forms and structures had gone lost.
The project aims at restoring and cultivating parts of the historic hotel park. Thereby the old concept of “Parkwald” (“park forest”) should be regained und brought into presence. This concept, being founded during the 1st decade of 20th century solely in Freudenstadt, means a specific and delicate kind of cure and wellness infrastructure. The “park forest” idea had come out as a unique pioneer act made by the Freudenstadt town builders of those years.
The works, which will be carried out during the project under the guidance of an enthusiastic local initiative, include a conceptual und intelligent sweep of the green wilderness, which has captured the originally garden site. This means the clearing of small or middle aged trees and plants that are not typically for the park as well as the excavation of garden structures with century old origin currently covered by leaves. Finally, a handcrafted historic water suspension system in the hill slope, dating back to 1892, which combines as well technical as artistic construction value, will be restored.
The project will take place from July, 22nd, to August, 05th, 2017.
The second project will take place in Weimar, Thuringia, as the continuation of the above described projects having taken place since 2011.
At the heritage site “Classical Weimar” the volunteers restore a system of historical paths in the Southern part of Belvedere Park, based on plans from the early 19th century, carefully searching for remains of the original paths which disappeared several decades ago, and uncovering and restoring their tracks. So, year by year another section of the paths had been rebuilt, and it is planned to finish the works in this part of the park this year.
Another part of the group will – alternating from day to day – carry out maintenance works in other parks and gardens of “Classical Weimar”, on one hand supporting so Weimar Classic Foundation, the responsible site management, and at the same time gaining a detailed and varied knowledge about the different parks and gardens of the World Heritage Site and the challenges in managing them.
As in the previous years, also the 2017 project will be carried out in the frame of the UNESCO World Heritage Volunteers initiative. Find more information and some impressions of the projects “Parks and Gardens of Classical Weimar” here.
The project will take place from July, 29th, to August, 12th, 2017.
The project is organised by European Heritage Volunteers, in cooperation with Klassik Stiftung Weimar (Weimar Classic Foundation).