The project: Ekopark – the project of restoration of the historic park in Rynski Dwór is financed by the Regional Operational Program of Warmia and Mazury for 2014-2020 European Funds for Warmia and Mazury.

Considering the necessity to find a solution to the above problem, the main goal of the project was: protection and restoration of biological diversity in the area of ​​the Park.

The aim of the project is in line with the thematic objective 6. Measure 5.3 Protection of biodiversity:

1 / Preserving and protecting the natural environment and supporting effective resource management,

and the specific goal,

2 / Better mechanisms of biodiversity protection in the region.

The aim of the project are the following ecological effects:

– preservation of biological diversity and the complexity of ecological systems in the park’s forest ecosystem,

– protection against degradation and disappearance of species, populations and zoocoenoses of a natural nature, in particular species of high ecological and legal importance (legally protected species) along with their habitats,

– increasing the number of rare and endangered species and unique local populations with a high faunal rank for the reconstruction of natural ecological processes.

Projected ecological effects of the project:

– increase in the level of biodiversity,

– renovation and maintenance of areas covered by the succession of trees and shrubs,

– creating an educational path regarding plant and animal species located in the Park, preparing an information board on waste segregation and presentation of solar lighting,

– making the results of the project available to students, residents and tourists,

– creating a place for the implementation of the Association’s goals.

Total project value – PLN 464,417.85, including the contribution of European Funds – PLN 382,878.44

We have made a final list for the European Union funding under the Priority Axis 5 Natural environment and rational use of resources Measure 5.3. Protection of biodiversity as a result of a call announced by the Management Board of the Warmian-Masurian Voivodship performing the function of the Managing Authority for the Regional Operational Programme of the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship for 2014-2020.

The grant will cover 85% of the total cost of our project. We had raised the remaining 15% through our participation in a GlobalGiving crowdfunding programme. Two of the species we aim to protect are on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (Fire-bellied Toad (Bombina bombina) and Oak-Hornbeam Forest (Tilio-Carpinetum)).

The goal of the project will be implemented through:

– protection and enhancement of the biodiversity of the park in Rynski Dwor through tree maintenance works, felling, planting trees and shrubs, decorative perennials, introduction of small infrastructure,

– reconstruction of the historical composition layout of the park area,

– improvement of access to valuable natural species located in the park – modernization of didactic paths, pedestrian routes in the park, lighting of the park.

The goal is to fulfill historical, ecological, educational and recreational functions. The implementation of the planned activities will allow us to recreate the historic park interiors, reconstruct the view and openings into the direction of the most valuable old forest. The project includes the introduction of communication routes by delineating paths consistent with the landscape style – gentle arches, soft lines. A mineral, environmentally friendly surface is planned, and the mobility of disabled people is taken into account.

In the project for compositional reasons, trees and shrubs were selected for cutting and replanting trees. These are examples that disrupt the composition or make the spatial layout of the park impossible to read. The project involves planting of new trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. Plant species used in parks in the 19th century were selected. Planting is designed to emphasize the naturalistic character of the park, as well as to highlight the park’s interior, the course of the paths and to recreate and enrich the park fleece.

Plants used in the project will be decorative flowers, leaves and shoots, so that the park is attractive throughout the all four seasons. Introduced plant species will provide food and shelter for numerous species of animals.

The project includes introduction of the park equipment elements in a style referring to the historic character of the place: benches and litter bins, and modern elements: a bicycle rack, low lighting, waste segregation bins or a structure for the use of solar panels. Modern elements will not, however, have a disharmonious effect on the reception of the character of the place. Their application was decided due to the fact that they constitute a solution not used in nineteenth-century parks, but are necessary for current times. Giving them a stylized form would be a historical incompatibility and could lead to a potential recipient being misled.

In addition, it is planned to place information boards providing information on the history and condition of the existing park and information related to natural habitats, as well as animals living in the park. Due to the fact that the project introduces ecological solutions, information on waste segregation will also appear. The latest eco-friendly solutions will be presented in a special case.

The project includes increasing the availability of nest sites by supplementing existing vegetation with additional shrubs. Through planned works in the area of the park, which is under conservation protection, it is possible to improve its functions, where apart from the didactic, scientific and recreational function, the broadly understood local biodiversity will significantly increase. The park is planned to be used as a didactic, educational and recreational facility for several thousand people a year.

In addition, the placement of didactic boards related to the fauna and flora in the area and the landscape value of the area will contribute to strengthening the ecological attitudes of residents, students and tourists. Conditions for using green areas by the residents of Ryński Dwór will be created by enriching diversity. The project implements several complementary objectives such as:

– creating sites for the protection of biodiversity in rural areas based on native species through the revalorisation of the park,

– restoring habitats and shaping the conditions for their permanent behavior,

– protection of endangered species and natural habitats by reducing the pressure on species and habitats by limiting access to the refuge of selected species, proper targeting of pedestrian traffic, introduction of species of valuable natural assets to existing habitats.

Considering all of the above we are ready to proceed further with our program, and are truly convinced that it will work. Our board of directors is enthusiastic about our biodiversity project and eager to launch it so in the future we can become the most ecologically competent center in the entire Land of the Great Masurian Lakes area.

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