Maastricht is made up of people, the city, and nature, but the definition of nature differs from one person to the next. Does nature always have to develop spontaneously, without human intervention, or can a beautifully landscaped park be considered nature as well? Can the popular walking area on Sint Pieter's hill or the Groene Loper ('green carpet') be considered natural? How about the nest of peregrine falcons on top of Sint Jan's (St Johns) church, or the weeds that emerge between paving stones?
One thing is for certain: nature is valuable and influences a city and the people who live and work there. It offers opportunities for relaxation and recreation. It can teach us valuable lessons and it can cause us great irritation. It can also affect our health and wellbeing.
Let's stray from the beaten track, look for greener pastures, and sail against the wind. Maastricht: where city and nature converge. Register before 11 March 2017 and present your feasible plan so we can all share in your idea.
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