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Rediscovering old diversity

It’s a living museum: Types of fruit from generations ago grow over three hectares in the “Pomological Display and Educational Garden” near Döllingen. Names such as “Red-striped yellow sheep’s nose” alone are evidence of the fact many of these types have today disappeared from gardens. In total, there are over 300 different types of the main fruits - apples, cherries and plums -, as well as so-called by-fruit such as nuts, quinces and peaches.

Countering the loss of diversity and saving the old fruit varieties for the future is the main task of the Pomological Garden. In doing so, a big emphasis is placed on the regional varieties, which are robust and have proven they can adapt to the local conditions. At the same time, the Pomological Garden shows how agricultural areas were once used as “fruit acres”, displaying how farming was conducted in early times in the orchard district around Döllingen, Hohenleipisch and Kraupa. Conservation is thus connected to environmentally-educational and cultural-historic aspects. And last but not least, the “Pomo Garden” is designed as a tourist site which simultaneously promotes regional orchard produce in organic quality.

The project was initiated by the nature reserve administration and the specialist orchards group of the German Conservation Association (NABU).

More informations :http://www.pomologischer-garten.de/

Kontakt: Andrea Opitz, Tel.: 035341/ 61512

Email: andrea.opitz(at)lua.brandenburg.de