Historical castles that form part of the European cultural heritage are often decorated by parks. In the past, such parks were kept in high-quality aesthetic standards reflecting social and cultural values of their owners, demonstrating their political and economic power. However, nowadays many of these parks vanish due to lack of financial resources and missing knowledge on how to protect them. The HICAPS project will strengthen the capacities of the public and private sector to improve the management of historical parks and raise awareness about the parks as cultural heritage.

 The project will develop a strategy for evaluating cultural heritage and the potentials of historical parks. Other outputs include local action plans, a decision supporting tool for self-evaluation for local and regional development and an educational outdoor trail tool. The project will specifically address people with disabilities and test its newly developed approach in seven pilot areas by revitalising historical gardens.

More information will follow in June 2017.