The European Route of Historic Gardens, certified ‘Cultural Route of the Council of Europe’
On 7-8 October 2020, the Governing Board of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA) approved the certification of the European Route of Historic Gardens, bringing the programme to 40 certified Cultural Routes.
The ERHG believes that recognition as a Council of Europe Cultural Route is the best way to acknowledge the historic, artistic and social value of the historic gardens in the member states, especially in the countries that have subscribed the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes. Therefore, the ERHG invites all the Historic Gardens in the member states currently open to public visits, for either social-cultural or sustainable tourism uses, to join this network and its project of a European Cultural Route called “European Historic Gardens”.
The Cultural Routes programme of the Council of Europe is governed by the Enlarged Partial Agreement with the participation of the Council of Europe, European Commission and as many as 28 countries. More countries are added every year, both members and non-members of the Council of Europe.
The programme is based on Resolution CM/Res(2013)66, adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 18/12/2013, which confirmed the Enlarged Partial Agreement (EPA) on Cultural Routes, established in 2010: CM/Res(2010) 52 and 53.
The central goal of this programme is to contribute towards the promotion of European identity and citizenship through knowledge and awareness of the common heritage of Europe and the development of cultural links and dialogue within Europe as well as with other countries and regions.
The Cultural Routes programme of the Council of Europe seeks to form a common cultural space through the development of cultural routes in order to encourage sensibility towards heritage, education, the creation of networks, high-quality international sustainable tourism and other related activities.
European Cultural Heritage, Education and Tourism
A Council of Europe Cultural Route is a cooperation project in the field of European Cultural Heritage, Education and Tourism, aimed at the development and promotion of one or several routes based on a historic trail, a cultural concept, an individual or a phenomenon with international importance and significance, tending towards understanding and respect for common European values. It may be a physical route or a network of heritage sites.