Fruit show garden Mühlviertler Alm

Topic area
Agriculture and forestry, incl. value chain
Basic services, Leader, municipalities
Environment, biodiversity, nature conservation
Climate protection and climate change

Disaggregation level
Local amenities
Climate protection
Nature conservation
Environmental protection
Air pollution control

Project region
Upper Austria

Local Action Group (LAG)
LAG Mühlviertler Alm

LE– Programming Period
LE 14–20

Project period
1. Juli 2017-31. Dezember 2018 (geplantes Projektende)

EN - 19.2.1. Umsetzung der lokalen Entwicklungsstrategie

Project initiator
Verein HofLEBEN

Short description

In 2016, fruit designation days were held in the Mühlviertler Alm region.
Due to the great interest of the farmers and garden owners and the impressive expert knowledge of the renowned pomologist Dr. Siegfried Bernkopf, it was quickly agreed to establish a small fruit show garden in the Mühlviertler Alm region. This is set with a circular course and descriptions of the varieties.
The members of the association HofLEBEN take over the care of the garden, tree pruning, etc.. It is a special concern of the association HofLEBEN to preserve old varieties and old craftsmanship.

Point of departure

During the fruit determination days in 2016 more than 250 trees were determined by Dr. Bernkopf together with the interested people.
For many old and very fruit-bearing fruit trees the variety was often not known- they only had a specially created "house name" (e.g. "Mauerbirn").
The specified old fruit trees were branded with a tree mark, so that these can be multiplied regionally by means of scions.

Targets and target groups

- Presentation of regionally valuable fruit trees and berry bushes that have a high frost resistance, low tendency for diseases and a good fruit yield, which are important for the Mühlviertler Alm region that is located at a high altitude.
- Development of a "gene database" - the scions harvested after pruning are stored and distributed free of charge to interested people who would also like to have meaningful, regional fruit varieties in their yard and garden.
- Integration of a project hut for various collaborative projects (pruning courses, apple workshops,...).
- Valorisation of the BioRegion Mühlviertel - new products.
- Sustainable care and preservation of the regional natural and cultural landscape
- Strengthening awareness of nature, water, air and soil as a regional treasure for the future

Project implementation and measures

Planning and building of a small fruit show garden in the village of Silberberg, municipality of Kaltenberg, directly on the Johanneswerg.

Next to 50 fruit trees, the fruit show garden contains berry bushes with information boards, a small, a small and designed circular trail as well as the project hut.

The project is technically supported by pomologist Dr. Siegfried Bernkopf.

Involvement of regional schools and associations in the project: project presentation and awareness raising

Conducting awareness-raising workshops.