Two types of work are proposed:
– A large part of the work will be to clear the area and create a view between the church facing the nice park and the ruins of the castle.
– A small work of masonry on valves rehabilitating one of Aa’s branch’s watercourse, which suffered from harsh weather.
You will sleep in tents, boys and girls separately, in the football stadium, which will serve for all daily life needs: kitchen, bathrooms…The group will share the cleaning chores and will prepare meals together.
Hallines is located near St Omer in the Pas-de-Calais (Hauts-de-France region) midway between Lille and the Opal Coast. St Omer is a town with a rich history in the heart of the internationally known beautiful marsh of Audomarois.
The village of Hallines owns in its center a huge and beautiful park called Parc Dambricourt, nowadays closed to the public. It hosts the ruins of a castle and a bunker, both built during WWII. The bunker was connected to the launch base of V1 and V2 German missiles, which struck London, Antwerp and Paris. The park is also crossed by the Aa, the smallest coastal river of France.
As part of a public partnership, the City Council is currently in process of acquiring this wasteland in order to transform it into a public park. With the help of the volunteers, the City Council hopes that the inhabitants will re-appropriate this space.
Bring working clothes and shoes. For the accommodation under tents, bring your sleeping bag and floor mat. Please feel free to bring some food specialties, pictures, musical instrument from your home countries: things you like and want to share with the group and the local community!