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14. June 2019

What is a natural garden?

The grounds at Swiss Holiday Park are surrounded by a garden designed to be close to nature. The resort received an award from the Nature & Economy Foundation in June 2015 for its nature-oriented garden design.

The total area of the Swiss Holiday Park is 116,300 m². Of this, 80,437 m² are planted close to nature. But what is a near-natural garden? In a near-natural garden, not everything has to be left to nature. A lot of things are planned through, but built close to nature. In such a garden you will also find ornamental plants and it is a harmonious habitat for people, animals and plants. There are fewer lawns and various native plant and animal species exist in them. The trend towards sustainability does not stop in gardens either. You can find more and more naturalistic gardens on private or public grounds. A flower meadow attracts insects, especially bees, and is a mandatory part of a natural garden. The characteristics of a near-natural garden: - Plants typical for the country and adapted to the respective location - No use of chemicals - Beneficial insects against aphids etc. are encouraged - Stones, piles of branches or leaves provide shelter for animals - Nests for birds - Natural walls without joints also provide a habitat for animals - Own composting A near-natural garden helps to maintain the ecological balance. It is important that insects and animals pollinate the flowers and eat pests. This eliminates the need to use poison. Birds and beautiful butterflies also feel at home in such gardens and suddenly rare species can be seen in such a garden. The natural garden consists only of natural materials. Concrete, metal and plastic have no place in it. Lawns should also be close to nature. Ponds or streams are also ideal, in natural forms, as if nature had created them.