The impressing story of the family von Alvensleben
Since centuries the family von Alvensleben is known for their strong ties to their forestland possessions near the city of Magdeburg/Germany.
In the year 1270 tenue rights of the land around of the castle Erxleben were granted to the family by Markgrave of Brandenburg. This forestland shall garantee the livelihood of the steadily growing number of family members. Production of timber, hunting purposes and grazing ground for house animals were in competition on the same forestland and caused severe damage to productivity of the land.
Thus 100 years before Carl von Carlowitz published his book „silvicultura oeconomica“ explaining sustainable management the von Alvensleben established 1619 the first management regulations to avoid further exploitation and devastation of the granted forestland. The new sustainable management shall secure prosperity of the generation to come. Until 1945 a total number of 22. generations could enjoy the benefits of these wise management regulations.
Over hundreds of years the von Alvenslebens strived for a fruitful relationship with the region - now Sachsen-Anhalt. With their positive influence in various administrative, religious and militrary functions they could shape the development of their homeland.
The world war II brought a sudden end for the family von Alvensleben. They were displaced by the red army. Their possessions were confiscated 1945 and later on expropriated by the communistic land reform. This situation forced family members of von Alvensleben to begin a new live in the West. But they never lost contact to their former land and employees in Erxleben.
The reunification of devided Germany 1990 offered the von Alvensleben an opportunity to purchase back part of their stolen landholdings. After 45 years of communism regime most of the fromer stately homes were ruined and the land conditions around were in poor shape caused by plan management. Members of von Alvensleben family experienced than all kinds of deprivations and obstacles to build up their former possessions. Their prussian sense of duty and their ethusiam to be back on the ancesters ground gave and will give them strength and hope.
For example a decendant of the family von Alvensleben-Erxleben Philipp von Alvensleben (educated forester) and his wife Zazie (PHD in agriculture oeconomy) own and manage today 700 ha forestland of the holdings being granted 747 years ago.
Their children representing the 24 th generation will grow up on the family forestland and explore their roots in Erxleben/Germany.