“Our village has a future” no longer this year due to the corona

Borken district. The competition “Our village has a future” (formerly called “Our village should be more beautiful”) has existed in Germany for around 60 years. Numerous places or districts with a village character from the Borken district have already participated - often very successfully. However, the planning for this year's district competition had to be suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. District Administrator Dr. Kai Zwicker very much regrets this, as the competition repeatedly shows how exemplary the citizens' commitment to their hometowns is in Westmünsterland. At the same time, the district administrator points out that the district administration is now looking at the coming year. "However, this is subject to the fact that Corona does not put a spanner in the works," emphasizes Dr. Pince-nez. The Borken district will therefore provide information on how to proceed at the beginning of 2021.
The competition focuses on the development of rural areas and local citizenship. The people are to be encouraged to actively shape the future of their home villages and to work for their structural, cultural, ecological, social and economic expansion. "It's about developing perspectives for your own place, implementing ideas and strengthening the village community," explains the district administrator. This creates incentives for the further development of the rural area, which is an important location for working and living as well as for nature, the environment, relaxation and leisure. The competition therefore contributes to depicting the diverse functions of the villages and demonstrating exemplary achievements of the citizens, said Dr. Pince-nez.
The competition became known under the title “Our village should become more beautiful”. Today, in addition to design measures, it is also about the commitment and activities of the residents for a lively and sustainable village life - that is why the motto was changed a few years ago.
Eligible are spatially closed localities or parts of communities with a predominantly village character or communities of neighboring villages with up to 3.000 inhabitants. The winners of the district competition qualify for the decision at state level, which is due in 2022. The national competition will follow in 2023. It is advertised by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. The Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia has taken over the patronage of the state competition. The Ministry for the Environment, Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Consumer Protection commissioned the North Rhine-Westphalia Chamber of Agriculture with the organization and implementation of the state competition.
Further information on the competition “Our village has a future” is available on the Internet at Kreis-borken.de/dorfwettbewerb.

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