EGHN – European Garden Heritage Network
The EGHN has strengthened the profile of gardens since 2003 and has underlined their central importance for politics, society, urban design, tourism and regional economic development. Resources and knowledge have been exchanged within the INTERREG project and programmes and guidelines have been developed which will ensure that Europe’s wealth of gardens will be secured and enhanced by way of regional garden routes and European theme routes, innovative planning strategies, the networking of cultural landscapes, improved accessibility and new information and educational programmes.
Since 2003, contacts and partnerships have been formed on both the professional and political level, and new collaborative projects have been initiated which have resulted in the EGHN becoming established and continuing to grow as the European Garden Network, even after EU funding has expired. The EGHN Masterplan which was adopted in 2009 sets out future prospects and has proven itself to be an effective action-oriented guideline for new concepts and projects
The twelve regional garden routes and five European theme routes currently consist of approximately 150 gardens in Germany, Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Italy and Ireland. Along with 120 cultural landscapes, they are presented on www.eghn.eu and in publications to people interested in garden design and culture, inviting these to visit them and to spend longer periods of time in the regions. The diverse functions and potentials of parks and gardens remain the focus of the EGHN, whereby this is accompanied by the strengthening of both internal networking and the active participation of all gardens and partners.