Denmark Sees The Opening Of Its Fifth National Park

This week sees the opening of Denmark’s fifth national park, Kongernes Nordsjælland. Covering 5000 square kilometers, the “Kings of North Zealand” National Park will be the second largest in Denmark.

The national park unites expanses of natural landscapes, including lakes, forests, farmland, and sandy beaches. It contains some of the most biologically diverse areas in the country, including Gribskov, Denmark’s largest forest.

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The national park has a variety of natural landscapes, including forests, farmland, and sandy beaches.

Kongernes Nordsjælland National Park was announced back in 2016 by then Minister of Environment and Food, Esben Lunde Larsen, who said that it “encompasses some of the largest forest areas in Denmark, lakes that can be used for canoeing and sailing, UNESCO World Heritage areas, and many historical buildings. Kongernes Nordsjælland can offer up experiences within culture, nature and outdoor life – the cornerstones of successful national parks.”

Country’s Fifth National Park Opens in Denmark

The aim of the new national park is to restore nature by “preserving, strengthening and developing the nature of the area,” along with its cultural history. This protection will be undertaken jointly by the state and private landowners.

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The park contains many historical castles and is near Hamlet’s famous Kronborg Castle

The areas within the park contain historical relics, such as the remains of castles and monasteries, as well as many modern resorts and summer areas, especially along the North Zealand coast. It is also home to Troldeskoven (the Troll Forest) with its ancient trees twisted by the winds.

However, chairman of the Danish Conservation Association, Maria Reumert Gjerding, says that the park will not make any difference to nature, as the authorities have “just taken some existing nature and made it a national park,” without ensuring proper conservation. This statement has been received with criticism by the Minister for Environment and Food, Jakob Ellemann-Jensen.

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The new park has faced some criticism over its apparent lack of conservation

Kongernes Nordsjælland National Park will be officially opened on 29 May 2018, with a ceremony at the Esrum Monastery. Both the minister and Queen Margrethe of Denmark will be present.

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