St. Barbara – Phase I
The idea for the mine renovation and the project application came in 2002, when prof. dr. Boris Šinkovec, the geologist in charge of the exploratory mining works in Rude during the nineteen-fifties, came to Rude with the proposal of opening a mining museum at the location of shafts Kokel and Sv. Trojstvo, and the members of KUD Oštrc recognized the potential of the idea and started its realization. During the spring of 2002, the Rude residents (mainly members of the KUD Oštrc) dug up the entry to Kokel shaft themselves. During that time, the illegal dumping ground at the very entrance to the shaft was cleared, and large quantities of mud, deposited during the years, were removed from the accessible part of the shaft. Two cave-ins were also cleared, with the help of a miner. In 2005, the European Union announced a call for applications within the European Neighbourhood Policy Slovenia – Hungary – Croatia (Interreg IIIa). The programme required a joint application with the partners from Slovenia or Hungary. Thus, ten partners from Slovenia and Croatia were involved in the Project St. Barbara. The Slovenian partners were Tourist Association Senovo, Senovo Mine and Elementary School Senovo, and the Croatian partners were Zagreb County, Tourist Association of Zagreb County, Elementary School Rude, KUD Oštrc and the Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering of Zagreb. The Project sponsors were the Municipality Senovo and the City of Samobor. After the extensive evaluation, the project got the high mark of 92,5 points, and is one of about fifty cross-border projects which received the approval of the expert international committee, and which were proposed for financing from the PHARE Pre-accession Fund of the EU.
The Project Results:
- 250 m of shafts Kokel and Sveto Trojstvo renovated
- access roads to both shafts built (approx. 220 m)
- mining-botanical educational walkway was built from the Rude centre to the Botanical garden of medicinal herbs Suban in Manja Vas (1500 m)
- two information panels and six interpretation panels were built alongside the educational walkway, together with a larger number of sign posts and botanical plaques
- a mineralogical-petrographic collection was displayed at Elementary School Rude with more than 120 samples of minerals, rocks and fossils
- an information booth was placed in front of the entry to Sv. Trojstvo shaft with the appropriate equipment
- 20 local tourist guides educated
- multi-language brochure of the project prepared
- web site for the project set up (www.samobor.hr/sv_barbara).
St. Barbara – Phase II
After the completion of the project St. Barbara, numerous activities continued on both sides of the border, which were financed by the City of Samobor and KS Senovo and their partners. That part of the project ran from September 2008 until the opening of the mine on June 29, 2012. The City of Samobor financed the renovation of additional 100 meters of the Sveto Trojstvo shaft in accordance with the mining regulations, a part of the creek running alongside the mine was cleared and additional signage erected alongside the mining-botanical educational walkway.
St. Barbara – Phase III
The project initiators, folklore associations KUD Oštrc and DKD Svoboda, maintained the cultural cooperation by joint performances and events. Through their volunteer work the members of said non-profit associations were a constant inspiration to the City of Samobor and KS Senovo for new investments in the mining tourist facilities and the associated infrastructure. Through such work gradually the third phase of the project emerged, and the project was applied for the IPA programme Slovenia ̶ Croatia 2007 ─ 2013, through which the Croatian and Slovenian partners wish to expand the existing tourist infrastructure and tourist attractions. The project was not accepted at that time due to a clerical error, but the preparations are under way for the application for the programme INTERREG V-A Slovenia - Croatia in April 2017.