Bosland in Limburg recognised as National Park

The Flemish government has recognised Bosland as a national park, Environment minister Zuhal Demir announced on Friday. However, the matter is still pending before the Constitutional Court and the Council of State.

At the end of last year, the Flemish government recognised four national parks and five landscape parks in Flanders: Bosland, Brabantse Wouden, Hoge Kempen and Scheldevallei.

But before Bosland, in Limburg, could be recognised, a number of conditions had to be met. There had to be more clarity about the unity of the park and a clear unique selling point. Both points have been met, according to Demir.

"Bosland National Park is not only home to wonderful animal species, it is also a great adventure forest for children," she said. "Bosland encompasses a unique natural core of more than 6,500 hectares and offers a lavish enjoyment of surprising nature that is a little different every day in the heart of North Limburg."

The Farmers' Union is challenging the designations at the Council of State, with the exception of the Hoge Kempen. The decree itself is also being challenged in the Constitutional Court. According to the organisation, there is no public support for the new national parks.


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