Monserrate Park wins European Garden Award
Sintra's Monserrate Park has won the European Garden Award in the category of "Best Development of a Historic Park or Garden". The award, now in its fifth edition, is given out by the European Garden Heritage Network (EGHN) and the Schloss Dyck Foundation.
The most important criteria for getting the award was the use of innovative implementation and management methods, relevance for urban development, sustainability or the surrounding community and also the high quality of the construction works, restoration and maintenance of the park.
Integrated into the Cultural Landscape of Sintra which is classified as a World Heritage Site, the Monserrate Park romantic garden dates from the XIX century and was landscaped by Francis Cook, an English millionaire. Part of a far-reaching restoration and recovery project in recent years, involving both the garden and the palace, the garden has been considered one of the richest Portuguese botanic gardens.