About the region
The area of operation of the Local Action Group “Kraina Lasów i Jezior” is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the Lubusz Voivodeship. This is mainly due to the vast forests enjoyed by hiking enthusiasts and mushroom hunters, and the water reservoirs, including the largest one in the region, Lake Sławskie, which make for a very diverse local landscape.
Another important factor increasing the attractiveness of the local communes are the numerous historical sites and monuments, including the Carolath Castle in Siedlisko - as you drive through the village, you cannot miss the picturesque ruins on a steep slope overlooking the Oder river. Next to the park, there is a landscape park established in the 18th and 19th Century. Other attractions of Siedlisko include the historic church with the funeral chapel of Duchess Wanda from the beginning of the 19th Century. Other historical places of worship can be found mainly in the communes of Wschowa, Szlichtyngowa and Kotla.
If you are in the area, make sure to stop by in the picturesque town of Sława, if only to take a walk through the beautiful landscape park established in 1854, one of the largest in the Lubusz Voivodeship, stretching along the shores of Lake Sławskie. The park has plenty of monumental trees and the largest ivy habitat in Western Poland.
Another major attraction of the region is the scenic Oder river, which offers various angling and kayaking competitions, boat cruises and many more. The Oder attracts nature enthusiasts, offering excellent bird- and animal-spotting all year round.
Numerous tourist routes, and cycling and hiking trails provide first-hand experience of the beauty and charm of the region. With EU funding, the area of the Local Action Group has gained a number of pleasant recreational facilities and children’s playgrounds. The region offers beautiful landscapes, excellent local products and unique climate.
About the association
The Local Action Group “Kraina Lasów i Jezior” operates on the flat territories of the communes of Nowa Sól, Siedlisko, Sława, Wschowa, Szlichtyngowa and Kotla. The purpose of the LAG is to support the activities and initiatives towards the development of the area, as well to provide organisational and material support to people, businesses and organisations who work towards the same goal. Through its activities, the Group mobilises the local citizens to actively participate in the development of their region, and integrates the local communities. We are activating the citizens as part of study visits. We are achieving our goals through training sessions, courses, workshops and competitions, publications, organisation of or participation in trade fairs, conferences, seminars and symposiums, as well as certification of the local products and services characteristic for the LAG’s operating area.
Between 2008 and 2015, the Local Action Group implemented the Local Development Strategy under Axis 4 of the Leader Programme, as part of the Rural Development Programme for 2007-2013. For its current partners, the LAG has completed a total of 90 operations worth PLN 5,629,213.97, including diversification into non-agricultural activities (5 operations worth PLN 443,235.00), creating and developing micro-enterprises (2 operations worth 300,000.00), creating 3 jobs, village renewal and development (24 operations worth 3,998,372.26), and the so-called small projects (59 operations worth PLN 887,606.21). The implementation of the Local Development Strategy also included 2 cooperation projects, one of which was the project titled “Winnice - Edukacja - Reaktywacja (WINNER)” (Vineyards - Education - Reactivation), which created 7 vineyards and 7 vineyard auxiliary structures, a website and a promotional film. The total cost of the project was PLN 99,365.77. The second cooperation project was titled “Podróż Sentymentalna »Sent«”, which included a conference, an album publication and a film. The total cost of the project was 78,131.65.
In the new financial framework of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, we are continuing our policy under the Leader initiative, focusing in particular on promoting the citizens’ activity in shaping the development of the area covered by the Local Development Strategy.