COMMON HERITAGE, JOINT FUTURE – TREES WITHOUT BORDERS

Tourism Project

Country/ies: Hungary, Slovakia
Status: Actual projects
Category: Projects and initiatives for sustainable tourism development
Link to the Tourism Strategy: Objective 1 - Establish supportive conditions for sustainable tourism products and services, including development of a marketing scheme for the promotion of the Carpathians as a unique sustainable tourism destination objectives of the strategy
Duration of the project: 1.7.2017-30.6.2019
Objectives and results of the project:

The Forestry arboretum Kysihýbel in Banská Štiavnica (SK) and also the Botanical Garden in Sopron(HU) are closely bound up with Hungarian higher education in forestry. These common heritage is still living also through cooperation of Banská Štiavnica and Sopron as twinning towns.
However the both objects have rich history, nevertheless they do not fully use their tourist potential and attractiveness in region. From this point of view there are huge needs for increasing awareness about them and attractiveness of both cultural - natural monuments. These objects don´t possess many appropriate facilities which would serve for visitors.
In the proposed project we plan to make the reconstruction of cultural-natural objects Arboretum and Botanical Garden and to organise some public events oriented to development of tourism in both regions. The main outputs of these activities will be renewal of tree species plots, new visitor centre building, reconstructed administrative building and roads, educational trail, greenhouse, look-out tower, main wooden entrance, activity of forest pedagogy and paths for disabled. Big added value bring new documentary film about arboretum in 5 languages and about the Botanical Garden in 4 languages, which will be presented in visitor centres and in medias. All these facilities together with events and services created by this project will increase tourist potential, amount of visitors and attractiveness of the Banská Bystrica self government region and Győr - Moson - Sopron county.
Andrej Kmeť big personality of Banská Štiavnica from 19. century said true statement :"" Get to know our regions and we will get to know ourselves"". We think, that through cross border cooperation, we will increase the awareness of the monuments of these regions. Common heritage and joint development of our natural-cultural objects bring significantly higher atractiveness of our regions.

Implementing organization / institution:

Národné lesnícke centrum, Zvolen, T.G. Masaryka 22 960 92

Project partners:

Nyugat-magyarországi Egyetem, Sopron, Bajcsy-Zs. u. 4. 9400

Total amount of the project: 1,460,765.80 €
Financing institution(s): National, regional, local government or institutions
Name of program(s): Interreg V-A Slovakia-Hungary