The environment minister, Kirsten Brosbøl, has revealed Zealand will be getting its first national park in the near future.
The fjord landscape by Roskilde Fjord – which includes islets, islands, valleys and the large Bidstrup forest areas – has been approved to become Denmark's fourth national park, 'Nationalpark Skjoldungernes Land'.
Nationalpark Skjoldungernes Land is a huge connecting landscape that offers everything one could wish of a national park,” Brosbøl said. ”There are fjord landscapes, which is a mecca for the many birds – including the White-tailed Eagle.”
”There are also the great east-Danish deciduous forests, the protected country estates and the many cultural elements – such as Roskilde Cathedral, which is on the UNESCO world heritage list.”
A fifth on the way?
Brosbøl said the new national park will look to utilise its new-found status to promote its tourism attractions, outdoor opportunities and products produced by food producers, artists and other businesses in the local area.
Denmark currently has three national parks: Nationalpark Thy, Nationalpark Mols Bjerge and Nationalpark Vadehavet, which are all located in Jutland. But there could be a fifth on the horizon as the nature authorities are looking into establishing a national park in north Zealand.
Nationalpark Skjoldungernes Land is scheduled to be officially unveiled at the end of March.