European garden heritage scheme wins £2m

Bid to interest youth in Europe’s green spaces

A three-year initiative to promote European gardens to young people has won £2 million in funding from the ODPM and European programme Interreg IIIb. The European Garden Heritage Network (EGHN) initiated the project to “get into the policy-makers’ heads” that parks and gardens in Europe need support. Germany, France and the UK are involved in the project, which will also prioritise regional development of open space. EGHN transnational facilitator Richard Crowe has had interest from Belgium and Holland and wants involvement from more European countries. EGHN principal European officer Birgit Hughes said: “If young people start to use parks as a resource, our work will be a success.” The EGHN is also commissioning a bank of “non-traditional garden images” to help promote gardens to a younger audience. A transnational garden event to promote the initiative will be held in September 2006 with the UK represented by Cheshire, Surrey and Somerset.

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