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kravín - hranice


name: kravín - hranice
type: countryside
address: hranice 6, maleč chotěboř czech republic
gps location: 49.7637, 15.6919
dimensions: 150.00x200.00 meter
start date: 2011-04-09
end date: 2011-04-10

General description

The garden is located at the border of a little village Hranice u Malče, in the Vysočina region of the Czech Republic. Surrounded by the hills (Železné hory), in an agricultural area and naturally protected territory. Garden used to be a part of the farm estate, established in 1898, located around the cow house and the administrative building compound. Later after 1948 and so called land reform, it was administered by agricultural commons (zemědělské družstvo). Some say, that cows disappeared already in the 1950s, the others, that they stayed till the 1990s... Since then, it was used mostly for storing the building materials. Another part of the land was used by the subtenants as a private vegetable garden and sheep and pig paddocks. In the last years mostly abandoned. About a year ago, the activities began to develop the area into an eco-garden (with orchard, vegetables and herbs, bees...), surrounding an eco-cultural center, emerging in the cow house.

Ecological description

Interesting mixture of influences and remains of past usages. A part of it is full of stones and sand..., another part wild, with overgrown trees and bushes (willows, birches...), moss and rotting wood... thousands of nettles... another part with the remains of the vegetables (strawberries), under the layers of plastic... Moisty soil is full of snails in spring and summer, also snails and lizards, hiding under the stones... The plan is, to observe the slow changes of vegetation, as we continue with the recultivation: developing an orchard, vegetable and herb garden, grass field, bee pasture..., perhaps a pond, etc.

Sociological description

A village garden, developed collectively during the public cultural events, together with the locals and visitors. Meant as a community place, used for artistic experiments, gatherings, educational activities... but also as a relaxation spot and stopover for wanderers. Part of it should be kept wild (as a refuge for various animals), another part developed as a bee pasture, another as an edible garden. Old and regional types of trees planted in the orchard.