European Garden Heritage Network - EGHN

Project information

Index: 1026R4
Acronym:Hybrid Parks
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Cultural heritage and landscape
Location GERMANY NORDRHEIN-WESTFALEN Rhein Kreis Neuss, Juechen Düsseldorf Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2003
End: continued

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

Jens Spanjer

Schloss Dyck Foundation

Annex completed on: 09-11-2013

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