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INNOCASTLE: INNOvating policy instruments for preservation, transformation and exploitation of heritage CASTLEs, manors and gardens


The current policies managing historic castles, manors and estates are sometimes outdated and offer few chances for this European heritage to develop to its full potential. Innocastle aims to have a good look at these policies and provide recommendations so that, in the future, this specific European heritage could flourish.


Mostly located in rural and remote areas, historic castles, manors and estates are often unknown to the general public and tourists. They have the potential to become powerful drivers for rural development and innovation. However, this requires a shift of paradigm in governance and support.


The partnership of Innocastle consists of five European partners: National Institute for Heritage Romania, Ghent University College Belgium, Region of Extremadura Spain, National Trust United Kingdom and the Province of Gelderland The Netherlands. The five partners will work for 4,5 years on remodelling the current regional and national policies to better reflect the trends and future requirements, such as:

◾place-based approaches

◾need for economic and environmental resilience

◾multi-actor involvement


Innocastle’s approach is innovative and holistic. It aims to revitalise these hidden treasures by adapting policies to further empower local stakeholders, private investors and cross-sectoral.


Read more about the first partner meeting at


Auther: dr. E.A.C. (Elyze) Storms-Smeets