Saturday 01 April 2023

Park named Unesco world heritage site – by mistake

Oostvaardersplassen is part of the new park, Nieuw Land

It might be a real local treasure – but a park in Flevoland has inadvertently named itself a “UNESCO world heritage site”.

Nieuw Land park should have been celebrating its new status combining several wild areas as a national park, with a sign alongside the A6.

But, reports Omroep Flevoland, someone clearly got their terminology in a twist as a new sign pronounces it “UNESCO Werelderfgoed.”

Flevoland politician Michiel Rijsberman wasn’t too troubled by the mistake. “I think it’s a really nice sign in a great spot, lots of people will pass it, so I think it will be fine,” he told Omroep Flevoland. “You can see how much ambition we have – this is a prediction for the future.”

The ambitious name is, however, currently being masked by black tape until the sign makers can rename it a “national park”.


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