The project consists of two parts – a practical working part which will last 6 hours per day and a study part, which takes place in the evenings and during weekends
The first task of the volunteers is to help rediscover and recreate a part of the former path system in the "Bath Park" on the German side of the transboundary site. The task will be guided by qualified personnel which will provide an indepth understanding of Pückler’s design and vision.
Additionally a second task involves replanting a historic flower garden in the "Mountain Park" area in accordance with the historic evidence available.
The educational part of the project will inform the volunteers about the background of the site management, provide knowledge about historical garden and park architecture, traditional gardening and other related topics while also gaining knowledge in Climate Change resilience practices in this World Heritage site.
Accommodatie en maaltijden
The lodging will accommodate the volunteers in shared bed-rooms. It is a simple accommodation place, where all the basic facilities for the daily needs of the volunteers will be available. Both food and accommodation are included for the volunteers as part of this project.
Locatie en vrije tijd
The UNESCO World Heritage site of Muskauer Park / Park Mużakowski is an extensive landscape initially developed between 1815 and 1844 by Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau on the grounds of his estate, and continued by his student, Eduard Petzold. Set harmoniously in the river valley of the Lusatian Neisse, the park’s integration into the local town and surrounding agricultural landscapes heralded a new approach to landscape design and contributed to the advancement of landscape architecture as a discipline. The extensive site includes the river Neisse, other water features, human-made and natural, bridges, buildings, forested areas, and paths. It is an example of a cultural landscape in which the site’s natural attributes have been harnessed with the utmost skill.
The park is of the highest aesthetic quality and its composition blends fluidly with the naturally-formed river valley. Its essence is the visual relationship between the central residence, the New Castle, and a series of topographical focal points comprising ideal vantage points laid out along riverside terraces flanking the valley, each of which forms part of a masterfully fashioned network of vistas. Pückler incorporated human-made architectural elements into this network along with natural components, including the terrain’s geological features. It is distinctive with its extraordinary simplicity and expansiveness.
The property encompasses the central portion of this extensive landscape composition measuring 348 ha (136.10 ha in Germany and 211.9 ha in Poland). The remaining part of the composition falls within the surrounding buffer zone of 1,205 ha.
Heritage Volunteers Projects
Reconstruction of historical Parks
World Heritage site Muskauer Park
Pückler laid the foundations of integrated landscape design with the extension of the park into the town of Bad Muskau through green passages and urban parks. The incorporation of the community into the overall composition, as a key component in his planned utopian landscape, had a great impact on contemporary town planning, particularly in the United States of America, as illustrated by the green areas of the city of Boston, and on the development of the landscape architecture profession. Pückler published his principles of landscape design theory in “Andeutungen über Landschaftsgärtnerei” (1834). Moreover, the training of landscape gardeners by Prince von Pückler and his student Eduard Petzold helped create skill standards which influenced the work of other gardeners and planners. This training tradition has been revived in recent times by the creation of the Muskauer School, as an international school for the training in garden and cultural landscape maintenance.
Motivation letter related to the project
and CV + photo required
Skype interview will be scheduled for selection.
-EU-members should bring their European Health Insurance Card; those which have an individual travel insurance should bring the certificate
Volunteers should bring:
-stable work boots, really appropriate for practical work
-appropriate clothes, waterproof coat
-mosquito protection lotion
-typical recipes, sweets, music, instruments and games from the participants' home country for group activities
-More detailed information will be sent later on the infosheet