Beyond the Maryd hamlet where the road ends lies Dammsjöås, a cottage idyll some seven kilometres outside Alingsås. Comprising a farmhouse, generation croft and barn, the farm nestles in the midst of meadow land, a lake, woods and a bog. The varied biotopes are explained on information boards along a 2.6 km nature and culture path. In addition there are marked hiking paths to Ängabostugan in Alingsås (7 km) and the neighbouring farm named Ekåsaryd (1.6 km). There are two timbered windbreaks intended as campsites and food breaks.
When Allan Karlsson, the last private owner, died in 1987 he bequeathed Dammsjöås to the Alingsås Homestead Association and the Alingsås Outdoor Association equally. Today the property is managed by a management committee with responsibility for both maintenance and events. Among these are a sunrise service with potato planting, flower walks, summer worship service and hay-making with honey extracting. The natural and environmental values are protected in a long-term management plan similar to a nature preserve. Included are such flowers as dame’s violet and orchis, as well as butterflies on the IUCN Red List. The original farmhouse is also protected.
Starting in 2018 Dammsjöås will be an annex to the Naturcentrum Tallhyddan located in Nolhaga Park in Alingsås. One of the joint events will be a summer exhibition as part of the torvlådan – the peat box activity.
During the summer our fields are grazed by sheep and five bee communities take care of pollination. Monday mornings are work sessions for the management committee.
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From county road 180 turn in on Marydvägen and follow it to Maryd. Turn right on Dammsjöåsvägen and drive all the way in to the parking lot.