Green C: Experience landscape conservation areas

Recreation, protecting nature and securing agricultural areas: With these three objectives, the cities and towns of Bonn, Bornheim, Niederkassel, Troisdorf, Sankt Augustin and the municipality of Alfter have joined forces in the inter-municipal project "Grünes C" ("Green C") to connect their distinctive landscapes to form a 35-square kilometre experience landscape.

The inter-municipal project is part of Regionale 2010 in the Cologne/Bonn region under the "Brückenschläge" (Building Bridges|) slogan. And this is precisely what is happening here: In the shape of a "C", across the Rhine and beyond, a green bridge is being built between Naturpark Rheinland and Naturpark Siebenbirge nature parks.

Engine for progress:

  • securing landscape conservation areas
  • greater awareness of natural and cultural landscapes
  • incentives for climate-friendly recreation

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Photo: Stadt Bonn

Flowering fields provide a splash of colour and are accessible to walkers.

Protection against soil sealing in a densely populated region

In a region with a growing population, the aim of this project is to protect large, connected stretches of landscape from further sealing. Not only are important agricultural landscapes preserved, as a carbon sink the Green C also contributes to climate protection. Furthermore, this function as a fresh air generating area and corridor is preserved, which strengthens the region's resistance to the impacts of climate change.

On the left bank of the Rhine, mainly agricultural land form part of the Green C. The right bank of the Rhine is more strongly characterised by meadows and floodplains. Residents and visitors experience the cultural heritage and the diverse and valuable natural landscapes in the region.

60-kilometre system of routes create incentives for climate-friendly transport

Along the 60-kilometre system of routes, the region can best be experienced on foot or by bicycle. This reduces car traffic for leisure and recreation. Approximately 400,000 people live in the participating municipalities with relatively direct access to the Green C.

And in addition to experiencing the landscape conservation areas, there are many things to discover, e.g. the "Villa Fortuna" in Bornheim. The well-preserved foundations and ruins of an old Roman country house have been preserved by being integrated into the Green C.

People are becoming more consciously aware of nature once again

Sub-projects such as public gardens and self-harvest crop fields in the Buschdorf-Rosenfeld greenbelt or the "Garden of the Nations" in Sankt Augustin, where people of different origins and cultures garden together, increase the quality of life in the region. Such practical approaches, as well as shining a spotlight on the landscape along with numerous events (lectures, bicycle tours, workshops, etc) contribute to raising awareness of nature conservation and climate protection issues.

Photo: Stadt Sankt Augustin

"The regional cultural landscapes are not only protected, they are now quite different to discover and experience too."

Green C inter-municipality working group

Partners and sponsors

  • Stadt Bonn
  • Stadt Bornheim
  • Stadt Niederkassel
  • Stadt Troisdorf
  • Stadt Sankt Augustin
  • Gemeinde Alfter
  • EU-Förderung
  • Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur (BMVI)
  • Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Energie, Industrie, Mittelstand und Handwerk (MWEIMH)
  • Ministerium für Bauen, Wohnen, Stadtentwicklung und Verkehr (MBWSV)