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The Orchard of the Spring

The Ein Kerem spring has been irrigating vegetable gardens for over 5,000 years, but our modern way of life has deserted the agricultural terraces. Massive urban development has increased the overflow of rain water, causing flash-floods, soil erosion and destruction. Since 2004 we have been restoring the Ein Kerem valley, transforming an overgrown, trash-filled area into a little piece of paradise. We have opened paths, reconstructed terraces, built and re-built the banks of the ravine. We have planted many trees, which offer their fruit to all visitors. We have created shaded picnic areas which delight the public. The community project is led by a handful of persistent volunteers, who work manually, every week. We are occasional joined by groups of helpful students, soldiers and tourists. The Orchard is always open and free, welcoming visitors from near and far. The changing of seasons is tangible – mud, flowers, thistles… The Orchard is a living memorial to Bnaya Zuckerman, a youth from Ein Kerem who was killed in a terrorist attack in 2004. This grass-roots effort is part of a struggle to maintain ‘green-lungs’ against the immense pressures of urban development.

Route: Mary’s spring > The Orchard. Come join us – rebuild terraces, cut back the wild brambles, plant trees. On Fridays I will guide and work with you for free. Other days are paid tours.

Duration: 3-4 hours

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