Botanischer Volkspark: Development Measures

Current
Park

This park is becoming increasingly popular as a venue for teaching, learning and recreation and a place to experience nature and gardening. The Fugmann Janotta firm (Berlin) has developed comprehensive measures for the part of the park in Blankenfelde.

Since January 2011 Grün Berlin GmbH has managed and developed Blankenfelde Botanical Park. The park is increasingly popular as a place to actively experience nature and for leisure and recreation.

Once Berlin’s biggest school garden, Blankenfelde Botanical Park offers visitors listed historic architecture and garden artistry. It is increasingly popular as a park offering both leisure and education and a place where everyone can experience nature and gardening and it is constantly being further developed. Based on a landscape architecture master plan by the Planorama Landschaftsarchitektur firm, areas of the park will be upgraded in several phases. Two sections of its main axis were redesigned in 2012 and 2013 with high quality shrub plantings. Many measures to improve its technical Infrastructure and energy efficiency were carried out in parallel.

The landscape architects’ firm of Fugmann & Janotta (Berlin) developed comprehensive measures for the areas of the park designated for landscape conservation that have been implemented since March 2014 as part of the Berlin Environmental Relief Programme (Umweltentlastungsprogramm UEP II).

Sustainable development of the park will concentrate in particular on natural resources such as forests, meadows and bodies of water. The valuable natural park forest, with its meadows and small bodies of water will be retained so paths and waterways are important elements of development measures. A former compost area and “Botanical axis” will also be carefully opened up for open-air uses.

Development measures will also focus on educational services. Future visitors to the Blankenfelde Botanical Park will be able to obtain practical experience of the fundamental principles of three-field cultivation on fields farmed in this way. The Geological Wall, part of the park since 1914, will be restored with the involvement of the “Geowissenschaftler in Berlin und Brandenburg e.V.” geologists’ association. The historic fruit tree avenues will also be restored with expert consultancy from the “Pomologenverein Berlin Brandenburg e.V.” pomologists' association. The Grün Berlin Stiftung is having some trees replanted and others pruned appropriate to their type.

Further measures are the improvement of the park’s overall equipment and drafting of a guidance and information concept to improve visitors’ orientation in the park. The involvement of top-level nature conservation authorities guarantees the observance of current nature conservation regulations in implementing the measures. The project was scheduled for completion by the end of 2015.

 

Project data

Zuständigkeit Grün Berlin:
Project development Grün Berlin Foundation
Project and construction management Grün Berlin Foundation
Bauherr: Grün Berlin Stiftung for the Pankow district authority
Entwurf/Planung: Büro Fugmann Janotta (Berlin, UEP-II measures), Planorama Landschaftsarchitektur (Berlin, park design)
Lage: Pankow district, Landschaftsschutzgebiet Blankenfelde (Blankenfelde landscape conservation area), on Blankenfelder Chaussee
Größe: 34 hectares, 20 hectares of which is landscape conservation area
Finanzierung: Funding from the Berlin Environmental Relief Programme (Umweltentlastungsprogramm II - UEP II) European Union and Land Berlin
Bauzeiten: April 2014 until the end of 2015
Sustainable Park development and Landscape Protection