Not allowing any humans on our Flandrensian motherland, caused the Government to establish the Flandrensian Overseas Territories, allowing citizens to get their garden recognized as a Flandrensian Ecological County, Province, Crown Dependency or Colony.
Do you respect the Flandrensian ecological pillars, want to transform your property into a nature reserve and represent Flandrensis? Submit your application to the Grand Ducal Cabinet and plant your flag!
There is no minimum requirement for the size of the territory, but the sanctuary must have an insect friendly environment and carry out composting. Every year 5 ecological events or actions must take place and be published on social media. All Flandrensians can request recognition by explaining the mission of the project and how one intends to respect the ecological pillars.
Ecological County of Ca’ Pallai (Italy)
This Flandrensian Ecological County was founded in 2022 at Ca’ Pallai (Ospitale di Fanano, MO – Italy). It is composed of an off-grid two-story building, a small vegetable garden and a little wood.
The aim of Ca’ Pallai is to create a piece of land where it’s possible to live in close and respectful contact with mother nature, organize events to promote ecological ways of living and the Grand Duchy of Flandrensis’ mission.
The Flandrensian Estense Consulate started a reforestation project there in 2021 and more than 100 autochthonous wild fruit trees have been planted so far. They’ve chosen indigenous wild trees to support local flora, due to the fact that they can resist better without any kind of treatment or pesticides. Fruit trees were chosen to give local food both to humans and wild animals living around the Flandrensian County.
Only the essential parts of this property are mowed, other areas are left untouched to help pollinators and to create healthier soil. They try to build everything there with recycled materials: a sink, a composter and even a pedal washing machine, a solar oven as well as a solar water heater for the summer.
Ecological County of Urabba (Australia)
This Flandrensian Ecological County was founded in 2022 and is located at 4 Urabba Street Rankins Springs, New South Wales, Australia. It is composed of a 1,310 square metre open space with some trees and shrubs.
The aim of Urabba is to promote the Grand Duchy of Flandrensis’ mission and to bring people together by showcasing the Australian Landcare movement by combining real life efforts with a worldwide online presence.
The land of the Ecological County is owned by Urabba Parks, an Australian charity that was founded to acquire and manage Urabba in 2012. They’ve chosen to keep the property as a vacant lot to support regrowth. Another local charity, the Lachlan Fold Wildlife Action Group, has installed a bird box on a tree in the centre of the property.
Only pathways necessary for access have been cleared, and the rest has been left to grow and is not mowed. Urabba Parks holds insurance for Urabba and its open land management structure allows for its volunteer members to design their own spaces while keeping in with the values of the property, as well as the Grand Duchy of Flandrensis in general. There is even a potable water connection and Urabba is the house of the Major Mitchell cockatoo … and a lot of ants.
People are welcome to visit the Ecological County throughout the year at any time during daylight hours, provided they take nothing but photographs and leave nothing but footprints (on the designated pathways of course)!