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24th of May 2016: European Day of Parks-A pan-European celebration day for Protected Areas

How does nature taste? On the European Day of Parks 2016, take the opportunity to discover a park close to you and taste the best local and traditional products of your region. There are over 300 activities in 23 countries across Europe to celebrate “A Taste of Nature”.

The initiative organised by EUROPARC Federation - the European Network of Protected Areas aims to highlight the link between protected areas and sustainable agriculture and the value of healthy nature for Europe’s food security.

“By celebrating food, we celebrate the richness of nature, the work of people and the role of Protected areas in ensuring those processes can continue, for the benefit of nature and local economy. For millennia, human agricultural activities have contributed to shape the landscape. It’s important we preserve of seeds, plants, animals, and food but also variety of "savoir-faire", the farming practices and cultural habits” said Ignace Schops, EUROPARC President.

From Greece to Great Britain, a wide range of activities with tasting sessions are being organised by Parks and local partners, all giving people a real “ Taste of Nature”.

There will be guided tours to organic farms in Italy, markets with local farmers in France, Czech Republic and Bosnia-Herzegovina, “Tapas Routes” and show-cooking sessions with renowned Chefs in Spain, guided tours to discover wild food in Estonia, Hungary, Poland or The Netherlands, and “gastronomic weeks” in many restaurants near Protected Areas in Slovenia, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

So get out and enjoy a Taste of Nature in a Park near you!

All events can be found at: http://www.europarc.org/nature/edop/

The European Day of Parks is a commemorative day for Protected Areas across Europe that was launched in 1999 by the EUROPARC Federation to celebrate Protected Areas throughout Europe.

The European Day of Parks takes place on and around May 24th of each year. It aims at bringing people closer to nature and raising public awareness on the importance of the natural beauty preserved in protected areas and the importance of conservation and sustainable management of those places.