Boundless Parks, Naturally! (BPN) is working towards
creating stronger ecological infrastructures and improved access to nature in
North West Europe. Three regions rich in nature and of unique national beauty
are involved. These regions are:
-Veluwe with Nationaal
Park Hoge Veluwe and Nationaal Park Veluwezoom (NL)
-Nationaal Park Hoge Kempen (B)
- World Heritage Site Bleanavon and
Breacon Beacons National Park (UK)
A strong partnership has been formed by
working on common themes and joint activities.
This brings many
benefits for the project and for the individual
- Provincie Gelderland
Regionaal Landschap Kempen en Maasland vzw (B)
- Torfaen County Borough Council
BPN consists of three main
themes, which are creating gateways, marketing activities, the transition of rural areas
to nature. These main activities are each co-ordinated by Joint Working
Groups. Three Joint Working Groups are organised along with the international
partner meeting, which is the managing authority for decision-making and monitoring the
BPN project. In two of them, Gateways and Transition, the results of
a joint study will be presented.
Gateways to National Parks
Gateways to nature and the
natural landscape will be created in the three partner regions during the
project. At the same time a joint study will guide these developments.
In addition to the physical improvements the study will provide 'planning
templates' and design guidance for the development, management and branding of
gateways to National Parks. The study will become an essential toolkit for other
regions in North West Europe who want to develop Gateways to their own parks.
The study will contribute to the spatial vision for recreational and natural
functions in protected areas.
Transition to more nature
Study collects the knowledge and experience on transition processes in the three
participating countries. The results of the study are implemented in a
Transition Pilot: 85 ha of farming land are turned into nature at the Veluwe
More information will be available on
the projects' website www.boundlessparks.com which
will be online from September. Read and subscribe to BPN E-news here.