Due to the current circumstances, the study visit to Flanders planned for May 2020 has been postponed to the first week of November.

Webinar on good practices from Flanders

However, on the 14th of May 2020, Innocastle partner University College Ghent will organise a webinar about a few good practices from Flanders. The programme includes:

14h00-14h15: Introduction
14h15-14h55: Marc De Bie: The integration of Landscape in the Flanders Heritage Agency
14h55-15h35: Griet Celen: ‘Open Ruimte Werken’. A thematic Cross sectoral approach towards regional development
15h35-16h15: Paul Lambrechts: Redevelopping Rural Estate Heers
16h15-16h30: Concluding words

The webinar on good practices from Flanders will be recorded and uploaded online.

Study visit and symposium

The study visit will be organised together with a symposium at the Loppem Castle in Loppem, Belgium, on the topic of the future of historic castles, manors and estates, and their relationship to regional development. The event is aimed at people involved in the exploitation, management, preservation, transformation and redevelopment of historic estates, as well as the planning and development of the regions in which they are situated. 

Some of the speakers that will be present are:

  • Steven Heyde, researcher at HoGent-Kask, will explore the theme of estate landscapes
  • John Dixon Hunt, English landscape historian, will talk about past estates and their histories for future ideas and developments
  • Ignace Schops will demonstrate how the reconnection model connects nature with people, business and policy.

Several break-out sessions will also be part of the programme, addressing topics like the future of heritage policy and finance, redevelopment policy, the touristic value of estates and more.

This symposium is organised by KASK & Conservatorium (HOGENT en Howest) in collaboration with the Flemish Heritage Agency and the province of West-Flanders in the context of the Interreg Europe project Innocastle. 

As part of the same event, Innocastle partner University College Ghent will organize the first study visit to Flanders, where participants will go on site visits and take part in a thematic seminar, as well as a policy hackathon.