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Dutch design practice Mecanoo has created a masterplan for the world’s largest man-made nature park at Nieuw Land in the Netherlands.
Last month, the Provincial Government approved the plan with an overwhelming majority. The National Park is located near the metropolitan region of Amsterdam and covers over 29,000 hectares. The new masterplan integrates four nature reserves to secure and protect the future of the National Park.
Nieuw Land includes numerous existing nature reserves: the Oostvaardersplassen, the Lepelaarplassen, Marker Wadden and Trintelzand. As the team states, these reserves would never have existed without the land reclamation works in Flevoland in the 1950s and 1960s – it was unintentional that nature was given free rein over large areas of the reclaimed land. Over the next twenty years, the four nature reserves will gradually be connected to form a continuous park. At the same time, Nieuw Land will be made more accessible so that visitors will be able to discover the area by bike, canoe, or on foot.
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