Chestnut forest preservation in Misox (Soazza GR)
Description: The aim of Fondazione Mont Grand is to enhance the landscape of the mountain pasture with groups of houses scattered here and there of Mont Grand near Soazza. The foundation takes care of the characteristic sparse chestnut woods, maintains the historic buildings, provides knowledge about biodiversity and cultural history through educational activities and is committed to sustainable tourism. The chestnut forests represent a traditional form of land use that was widespread until after the Second World War and has since been largely abandoned.
Type of Work: The volunteers take care of the chestnut forests. The work mainly involves grass cutting and haymaking between the trees. Under certain circumstances, it may also be possible to carry out other landscape conservation work, such as clearing the bushes, collecting stones, etc.
Study Theme: On the one hand the volunteers will get to know all the projects of the Fondazione directly on site during a half-day excursion. On the other hand the volunteers will receive information on botany, biodiversity, history and cultural landscape management during their work.
Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in a building. Mattresses are available. Sleeping bags must be brought by the volunteers themselves. There are sufficient toilets and also showers with hot water. There is no washing machine available. There is no internet access. The volunteers prepare their own food. Whether they also will shop themselves or give the project partner a shopping list has yet to be determined.
Language: Local language is Italian.
Requirements: The volunteers must bring sturdy mountain boots, clothes for working, raingear, as well as clothing suitable for sunny weather.
Notes: Older children, who are able to work and do not need extensive care from their parents, may take part in the camp following consultation with us.