100-year-old Finland receives a new nature park area
In honour of Finland’s centenary of independence, Fiskars Group is handing over the park area of Dagmar in Raasepori to Finland for the next hundred years.
Fiskars is one of the official partners of the Finland 100 centenary year, coordinated by the Prime Minister’s Office. In line with the centenary year’s theme, “Together”, Fiskars’ employees have dedicated their time this year to renovate Dagmar Park to serve hikers and others enjoying the wilderness.
Nature area for all
Källviken, in western Uusimaa, an area of land and waters covering about 40 hectares, is a combination of diverse Finnish forest, natural beaches, coastal rock faces, and the sea. Källviken is also the location of Dagmar Spring, which has great cultural value and is known for its exceptionally clear and clean water.
Fiskars wants its donation to enable as many people as possible to enjoy the natural environment and find peace and inspiration. The company is donating the area to Finland for management by Metsähallitus, the state’s forest enterprise, for a nominal annual lease of one euro.
Fiskars Group has long heritage of owning and managing forests as wood has always been an important raw material for the ironworks industry. Established in 1649 as an ironworks in the village of Fiskars, the company’s operations have changed over the centuries, but the heritage is still alive in western Uusimaa.
More than 750 man-hours of work
Before the area was handed over, Fiskars’ employees renovated Dagmar Park in line with the official theme stated by the Prime Minister’s Office for the centenary year: “Together”. The work involved restoring the paths, structures in the area such as piers, bridges, and steps, and the surroundings of Dagmar Spring to make it easy and enjoyable for walkers, hikers, boaters, and tourists to get around the park, while conserving the valuable forest environment. A total of more than 750 man-hours of work was done.
“The work ranged from clearing twigs and branches to sanding down worn painted surfaces and protecting popular places from erosion by marking out clearer routes and moving the pathways. The work was carried out in accordance with plans prepared by Fiskars’ forest managers and experts from Metsähallitus. Teams took up shovels and rakes as gravel was used to lay the foundations for the paths and the forest floor was cleaned up,” says Fiskars’ Interim President and CEO, Teemu Kangas-Kärki.
The Uusimaa ELY Centre has approved Fiskars’ application for the area to be established as an official nature conservation area. Protection rules have been drawn up for the area with a view to preserving it as a rewarding historical, cultural, natural, and recreational destination. The area will now be transferred to Metsähallitus, the state forest enterprise, which will manage it for the next 100 years. The donation is unique for the nation and in the history of Metsähallitus: never before has a private entity donated such a historically significant area for Metsähallitus to administer.
It’s possible to take a virtual tour to the area via a virtual reality video. The video is also available in a 360° video format here.