Projects in the starting block
Ongoing projects which in the future will also be very exciting:
Houses for living
Fourteen new houses in the woodlands, which will provide much-needed living space for employees, volunteers and the elderly. The houses will be built using the same construction principles as the House of the Nature and the Youth Hostel. We can use the acquired know-how to our advantage for optimal working efficiency. As usual the houses are placed in harmony with the surrounding nature. We began building the first two of the houses in December 2018
SamHotel – a hotel at Michaelshof
The 108-bed hotel focuses on guests interested in nature: participants of the seminars in the House of Nature, families with children who combine recreation with nature experiences, and many more. The two octagonal wooden buildings with a roofed inner courtyard will overlook the Rose Garden and the Campus Garden. The Arche-Hof, ‹Haus der Natur› and organic market are only a few steps away. A fitness and wellness area, reading and event rooms as well as a cafeteria complete the relaxed living experience in our ‹SamHotel›.
The project is in line with the objectives of the ‹Biosphärenreservat Niedersächsische Elbtalaue› and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
Expansion of solar energy. Development of more solar panels which will be supplemented by a highly efficient storage system. We are working on an even more conscious usage of energy. Building specific monitoring of energy consumption will help us to ensure higher energy saving rates.
In February 2020 we started a special school with three classes in the neighbouring village Wietzetze. We hope that the project will evolve into an inclusive real ‹village school› closely related to nature in general and to the Arche-Hof farm in Sammatz – the perfect surrounding for a positive learning process starting from hands on experience.
Garden & Park
As always, the further development of our wonderful gardens and parks will require both financial resources and the voluntary work of many helping hands. This includes, among other things, the construction of new paths and squares, the planting of new shrubs and trees as well as the creation of cosy spots. Landscaping the grounds around the newly built houses will be another task for the coming year.