J1: Nature conservation
The river Skjern Å has been restored. (Photo: The Danish Nature Agency)
The interface between nature and agriculture
– sustainability, biodiversity and food production
This tour brings you to two commercial farms that interact with nature in different ways, and a successful nature regeneration project. Along the way, we will pass by the place where the successful wind turbine company Vestas was born.
The first farm is an example of how a municipality and a farmer have collaborated to restore nature (in this case a wetland) on privately owned farmland.
The second visit is to a sheep farm. The sheep graze the moors on public land and thus help keep the heather and other low shrubs in good shape. This particular area has also seen the arrival of wolves, which have migrated from Germany to Denmark in recent years. You can hear about the issues that the presence of wolves in the area has given rise to.
The final stop on the tour is to Skjern Enge – an area that for decades was drained farmland but has recently been re-established as a meandering river surrounded by natural meadows with rich birdlife, wild salmon and varied plant life.
|8.30 pm||Depart Vingsted|
|9.00 pm||Arrive at a farm in the Vejle area.
In collaboration with Vejle Municipality and the local nature advisor from the agricultural advisory services, nature has been incorporated into the farmland in the shape of a new wetland.
|11.00 am||Depart from the farm with the wetland.|
|12.30 pm||Arrive Lystbækgaard near Ulfborg – a sheep farm based on nature conservation and a wide range of sheep-related activities for the public.
Lunch (New Nordic tapas) in the farm café and introduction to the farm activities.
|1.30 pm||Tour and questions|
|3.00 pm||Depart Lystbækgaard|
|3.30 pm||Arrive Lem – home of the first Vestas wind turbine factory and a large wind turbine park
Vestas wind turbines create energy on the shores of Lake Turkana, Kenya. Photo: Vestas
|4.00 pm||Leave Lem|
|4.15 pm||Arrive Skjern Enge.
Talk about the history of the Skjern Enge project, how agricultural land was transformed back into nature, and how cooperation between the authorities and the locals went.
|5.30 pm||Leave Skjern Enge.|
|5.45 pm||Arrive Skjern. Eat dinner at the restaurant Stuen t.h. at Skjern Hotel|
|8.00 pm||Depart restaurant.|
|9.00 pm||Arrival Vingstedcentret|
Changes to the programme can occur.
Farm animal advisor, journalist, and communication consultant (retired, sort of). Ex-pat Canadian.
Journalist at regional daily newspapers in northern Denmark 1971-2016. (Subjects: agriculture and agroindustry, environment, energy, regional development, fisheries, development aid)