Our village has a future
Our village has a future (until 1997 our village should be more beautiful ) is a federal competition that has been held in almost all countries of the Federal Republic of Germany since 1961 . Places with up to 3000 inhabitants can take part.
The award-winning gold villages are named in the list of winners .
Commissions with representatives from various institutions travel the country and examine the registered villages. The place prepares a tour and a presentation. The commitment of the population, e.g. B. by demonstrations by local clubs is also important. Points are awarded and ranking lists are created according to certain criteria. The number of points achieved is decisive for the award of bronze, silver and gold medals.
Assessments are initially carried out at district , district and state level by different commissions. According to a certain participant key (number of participants → allocated places), Golddörfer will be registered for the next level of the competition based on the ranking position achieved. Finally, only very few villages are visited and evaluated by a federal commission.
At the federal level, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) is responsible. Federal competitions take place every three years.
The places rated with a gold medal can call themselves "Golddorf". Depending on the level of competition reached, a distinction is made between state and federal gold villages.
The first competition at federal level took place in 1961 under the name Our village should become more beautiful . The villages were to be embellished primarily with greenery and floral decorations in order to prevent migration into urban areas.
Even if the evaluation criteria took up more content and also initial prospects for the future in the following years, the competition was occasionally smiled at as a “flower competition” due to its original name and the corresponding evaluation criteria until the mid-1990s. Against the background of the Rio Conference (1992), the 1998 competition was renamed Our village should be more beautiful - Our village has renamed the future . The new evaluation criteria shifted the focus from the beautification aspect to fundamental and comprehensive measures for the village quality of life. The importance of rural areas as an important habitat for people, animals and plants, but also for economy and culture, should be emphasized. With the announcement for the federal competition in 2007, the title was shortened to Our village has a future . The respective basic requirements of each village as well as its culture and traditions have since been taken into account more than before. Sustainability plays an essential role in shaping the future, taking into account infrastructural aspects in the sense of Local Agenda 21 and the activities of the residents in the village community . The federal states can decide for themselves whether they want to continue to use the title Our village should be more beautiful as an addition in their state competitions ; however, the federal title must come first.
At the end of the 22nd federal competition in 2009, the awards were given for the first time with the current name.
In France, this competition corresponds to the Concours des Villes et Villes fleuris .
Critics complain that the competition is no longer up to date. The competition commission represented “views from the last century” in places and expected “sheep, horses, a few cows and a lot of flowers” instead of considering the changes in rural areas. The criteria are therefore in need of overhaul, also with regard to the fact that the competition now has to compete with similar events.
- Further competitions are the Europe-wide competition Entente Florale Europe and the European Village Renewal Prize .
- List of winners in the national competition Our village has a future
- The most beautiful villages in France
- I borghi più belli d'Italia (The most beautiful places in Italy)
- http://www.schopfheim.de/ceasy/modules/cms/main.php5?cPageId=383 (accessed on April 5, 2012)
- Michael Geringhoff: Outdated and not very attractive? In: Wertheimer Zeitung of March 9, 2012
- Federal competition Our village has a future , information from the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).
- Statistics on the national competition, on the website of the North Rhine-Westphalia state competition.
- Our village has a future: participants and successes in Westphalia. Article on the website of the Regional Association of Westphalia-Lippe.