Monday 09 December 2019

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”. has been free for 13 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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