Landscape and village care are what to expect from this camp in the north of Germany.
You work 6,5 hours a day, from Monday to Thursday. In the first week you work together with your international group in the Nordoer Heide, a nature reserve with inland dunes, heaths, dry grasslands and adjacent forest and green areas. Parts of the area are grazed with robust animals such as Galloways and Highlands as well as wild horses and goats to prevent bush encroachment and to suppress existing trees. The work you will be doing has the same purpose. You remove plants in order to ensure light and air for special plants and animals whose home the dunes and heaths are. You will, for example, remove black berries, which overgrow the rare healing plant arnica or the foreign North American bird cherry, which shade the habitat of butterflies.
You will learn much about the protection of rare habitats, such as inland dunes and heather, in theory and practice.
In the second week you will also do various work in the community of Kremperheide. Among other things, you will collect rubbish and maintain green areas as well as playgrounds. In the nature reserve you will keep up walking trails by clearing of vegetation, maintaining of path signs and the grinding and painting of benches and tables.
Accommodatie en maaltijden
You will sleep on air mattresses in a shared room of a sport home. The group will prepare and cook meals together.
Locatie en vrije tijd
The sport home Kremperheide is located in the village with the same name, which has 2350 residents, right next to the beautiful nature preservation area, where you will work. You will have bikes at your disposal, which enables you to take trips into the surrounding area. On top of that, there are plenty of sports facilities: a beach volleyball field, soccer fields, tennis fields and Boule places. The nearby city of Itzehoe has plenty to offer, too and is only 6km (about 20-30min by bike). You can also take a train from the train station, which is only 500m away; the train takes you into town in only 6 minutes. On the long weekend (Friday – Sunday), it is worth your while to take a trip to the North Sea and/or Hamburg (both about 50km away).
You have to be able to cycle. You have to be fit, the work is physically demanding.
Be sure to bring work clothes, sturdy shoes and sun protection