It is becoming increasingly popular for many citizens to visit historic parks and gardens. But different form visiting a castle or other historic monuments many visitors do not realize that they are moving in an important testimony of cultural heritage, where national, European and worldwide influences in the context of local history and resources strongly determined individual characteristics. The structures of many European cities are decisively influenced by their parks and gardens.
The European Garden Network EGHN with about 190 partners in 14 countries and the European Garden Award that is organised annually by EGHN and the Schloss Dyck Foundation since 2010, promote the identification with the history and values of gardens and landscapes. They also increase the enthusiasm to preserve this important cultural heritage and support European networking and exchange of experience.
Now, to integrate cultural landscapes, the European Garden Award will be complemented - thanks to the project "Awarding Heritage" – by the category "Best Development of a Cultural Landscape of European Heritage Relevance". Rewards will be given to exceptional efforts and achievements in protecting and conserving valuable cultural landscapes. Furthermore, an additional Special Award "Garden Heritage in Europe" will be devoted to an annually changing focus. Nominations will be made by an international jury, which will also consider external applications and proposals.
In 2018 and in 2019 there will be workshops in spring and symposiums in September (on the day of the awarding ceremony). Here international speakers will talk about cultural landscapes and the art of the garden and gardening. While these events are more likely to appeal to an interdisciplinary audience, Awarding Heritage is also preparing an exhibition and a magazine, also for presentation or distribution during the “Day of the Gardens and Parks” and the “Open Monument Day”.
Among other partners, the Landschaftsverband Rheinland LVR (Rhineland Regional Council) and the Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe LWL (Regional Association of Westphalia-Lippe) are actively involved in the implementation of the project.
This project is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) within the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.