Landscape Healing

Landscape Healing

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Norway’s largest land restoration project using design to repair polluted land used by the armed forces.

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Polluted land
The Landscape Healing project started in the early 2000s when the Norwegian Armed Forces hired 3RW architects to create a national plan to rehabilitate firing ranges and training areas owned by the forces. The aim of the project was to clear large areas of land that have been polluted or in other ways affected by the Armed Forces' activities. In total, 3RW is assisting up to about 30 shooting and training ranges across the country.

Restoring nature through invisible design
Landscape Healing is Norway’s biggest and most complex nature restore project and the largest act of rewilding in Norway. It includes everything from picking up all rubbish and old ammunition to replanting flora with the utmost respect for nature. It has restored huge areas of land across Norway owned by the NDEA, containing polluted soil and water, unexploded ordnance, and abandoned buildings, after decades of military training activities.

The purpose has been to restore these areas so they are safe and accessible to the public, and to be sold or given back to landowners such as municipalities and farmers. When completed, it will free up more than 20,000 hectares of land that had previously suffered significant ecological damage.

Key facts

  • Location

    Hjerkinn shooting range, Dovre, Innlandet + 31 other

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  • Protection framework

    National Park

  • Estimated number of visitors

    27.000 visitors

  • High season

  • Low season

  • Project owner

    Norwegian Defence Estates Agency (NDEA)

  • Designer

    3RW architects

  • Year(s) built

    1999/2019 - ongoing

  • Materials

  • Grants / budget

    Total budget 574 million NOK