National Park Utrechtse Heuvelrug

Spatial ambitions for the area

De Utrechtse Heuvelrug is a recent national park in the heart of the Netherlands, a robust green spine is crucial for the future of the Utrecht region. In order to thrive as a national park, it was necessary to gauge all the different functions, needs and challenges of the park, so that the park can form a sturdy foundation of the economy and quality of life and recreation in the region.

Client: Nationaal Park Utrechtse Heuvelrug
Date: June 2017
Areal development team: Joris Hogenboom, Karen Heerschop, Bert van der Moolen, Rein Kruk, Irma Bakkers
Commissioned to: OKRA Landschapsarchitecten
design team: Wim Voogt, Mirte van laarhoven, Simone van der Wiel

Integral ambitions

The area development team defined a top 10 spatial ambitions, that need to be prioritized to maintain and develop its pristine nature, landscape, and the abundant cultural history and recreation of the Heuvelrug.

Top 10 Ambitions

Restoring seepage

Developing forest and heather

Connecting nature areas

Protecting estates

Mapping prehistoric landscape

Strengthening identities

Intensifying Heuvelrug experience

Facilitating recreational activities

Improving recreational network

Anchoring zoning plan

Participation process

The ambitions are formulated with a large number of governmental organisations, involved volunteers, and local users.