Maintenance & management
The management is also a matter of making choices. Do we let nature take its course or is it okay for human interference to be visible? Do we use heath sheep or mowing machines? Should old lanes be restored to their old glory? Does a rare herb get preference over other species? Can we fit a high efficiency boiler into a monumental building? And: how can we ensure maximum enjoyment of the areas and buildings that are open to the public?
Nature and leisure
Our work in our natural areas focuses on maintaining and improving their natural beauty, landscape, and cultural history. We decide for each area which animals, plants, and/or traces should receive extra protection. This is done by our site assistants who also make and maintain all sorts of facilities to make your visit even more enjoyable: walking, cycling, and horse riding tracks, (picnic) benches, and signs.
If you have any questions after reading the information on our website, you can always ask one of our assistants during a guided tour through our castles or an excursion to a rural estate or natural area.
You can also submit your questions using our contact form.
We apply an integrated approach to managing the houses, gardens, parklands, and landscapes on our rural estates. These estates will best retain their value if the house and surrounding grounds have the same owner. This approach makes sure that the nature, landscape, and cultural history stand out in the best possible way.
The maintenance of our buildings is in the hands of our Construction department. Specialists with an eye for detail do their best to preserve the often monumental buildings.
Castle managers, volunteers, and custodians all work together in order to maintain and preserve the collections in our castles and country houses. In doing so, they use the ‘housekeeping’ method, which is a systematic and internationally approved method.