European Garden Heritage Network - EGHN
Topic of the practice
A network of municipalities and organisations in charge of parks and gardens and single parks and gardens working together on liveable public green and wealthy regions by enhancing their options and benefits for social, cultural, economic and environmental use.
Good Practice Information
While the importance of parks and gardens for urban and economic development has been underestimated for a long time and by decision makers, there are many examples now for success stories of urban regeneration based (a.o.) on public parks and gardens. Also the economic relevance is acknowledged as many parks are SME now and act as tourism destination. Heritage value and social relevance and
possible contributions to mitigation of climate change are undoubted. EGHN allows partners to exchange on best practice and enables transfer to other regions. EGHN also raises public awareness for parks and gardens and lobbies for continuous support. The network is open for new partners to join in. Certain conditions and costs apply.
Evidence of success
The EGHN emerged from an INTERREG IIIB NWE project and is now a self-sustaining network. Partnership is increasing (about 170) as is the number of countries (10). Partners confirm increasing visitor numbers. A garden tourism project receives regional and European funds. Joint conferences strengthen professional transfer. Green Urban Development is a new European theme EGHN has adopted.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Schloss Dyck Foundation
Annex completed on: 09-11-2013