Organisation

A history of idealism and vision

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Known to few, De Hoge Veluwe National Park is a privately-owned land and an independent Foundation that can use government subsidies to only a limited extent.

The Park and its continued existence more or less depend on paying visitors. This page lists the main figures with regard to the Park and its organisation and how the Park continues to abide by the vision of the Kröller-Müller couple. 

The Foundation

Task

The task of the Foundation is to preserve the inheritance of the Kröller-Müller couple in the widest sense of the word.

Objectives

  • Conserve the Park as a natural monument
  • Offering space to visual arts and architecture, with the Foundation pursuing synergy between nature and culture
  • Recreation: allowing the visitors to enjoy nature and culture

All this is subject to a single condition: operations and management are autonomous and financially independent. 

The Park

Surface area

The Park comprises 5,400 hectares of woodland, heathland, drift sands and peat bogs and is entirely fenced off. The Park property also includes 400 hectares in the direct vicinity (including the Otterlose Bos). 

Wildlife population

The big game population (larger mammals) consists of:

  • 200 red game (deer)
  • 150 fawn game (roe)
  • 50 black game (wild boar)
  • 200 mouflons (Corsican sheep)

These figures are spring population figures. Later on in the year, the total big game population is about 35% higher in connection with newly born animals. 

Activities

  • Managing nature and landscapes in the broadest sense of the word, thus both flora and fauna
  • Receiving and informing guests at the three entrances
  • Organising the Visitor Centre and the corresponding Museonder with activities aimed at providing information and education
  • Managing Jachthuis Sint Hubertus
  • Running the rural campsite
  • Managing a restaurant 
  • Maintenance and free distribution of 1.800 White Bikes, a trademark of the Park
  • Managing the infrastructure
  • Supervising the Park

De Hoge Veluwe National Park and the Kröller-Müller Museum work closely together. 

Finances

De Hoge Veluwe National Park is, in accordance with the wishes of the Kröller-Müllers, autonomous and largely financially independent. Revenues are mainly generated through paying visitors to the Park.

De Hoge Veluwe receives government subsidies to a limited extent only. Maintenance of Jachthuis Sint Hubertus is funded by the Government Buildings Agency. In order to achieve the objectives, the Foundation charges its visitors an entrance fee on the basis of the ‘user pays’ principle. As a result, visitors contribute to the sustained preservation of the Park.

The Foundation is a non-profit organisation. Any exploitation surpluses are invested in the Park. 

Management Team 

  • S.E. baron van Voorst tot Voorst (director)
  • H. Beukhof (Head of Staff Services / Deputy Director NPDHV)
  • mevrouw M.M. Kokke MBA (Head of Visitor Management)
  • ing. J.R.K. Leidekker (Head of Operations)
  • A. Roelofsen (head of Hospitality & Retail ad interim)

Fundraising

  • H. de Boer (Deputy Director)

Supervisory Board

  • mr. G.J. de Graaf (chairman)
  • Mrs. drs A.M. Fentener van Vlissingen (vice-chairman)
  • drs. P. van Oord  
  • mr. H.Th.E.M. Rottinghuis
  • prof. dr. ir Th. Spek 
  • Generaal bd. P.J.M. van Uhm

Advisory Board

  • J.C.G.M. Berends MPA (Mayor of Apeldoorn)
  • F.J. van Bruggen (General Director ANWB)
  • mr. H.J.E. Bruins Slot (chairman of the Geldersch Landschap & Kasteelen Supervisory Board)
  • M.R.P.M. Camps (Secretary General Ministry of Economic Affairs)
  • C.G. Cornielje (Commissioner of the King in the Province of Gelderland)
  • O.O. Gorter (chairman of Equalization of Ground Owners Association)
  • A.P.J.M. van Hooff (director of Burgers' Zoo)
  • P.H.A.M. Huijts (Secretary General Ministry of General Affairs)
  • ir. C.M. Jaski (chairman)
  • Prof. M.J.J.A.A. Korthals (professor of Applied Philosophy)
  • mr. C. Krijger (chairman of the Friends of De Hoge Veluwe Association)
  • W.J. Kuijken (Delta Commissioner for the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment)
  • A. Marcouch (mayor of Arnhem)
  • Mr. H. Floris van Oranje-Nassau (member of the Board of Management Kroondomein Het Loo)
  • mr. S.A. Reinink (director of the Royal Concertgebouw N.V.)
  • R.C. Robbertsen (chairman Federation Private Landownership)
  • mr. H.E.M. Merry (lawyer)
  • L.J. Verhulst (mayor of Ede municipality)

Advisory Committee on Nature Management

  • Prof. Y.B. Kuiper (chairman and emeritus professor of the Faculty of Arts, special chair of the historic outdoor areas and estates; emeritus professor of RU Groningen, special chair of Historical Anthropology and Anthropology of Religion)
  • Prof. ir. W.H. van der Putten (professor of Plant Sciences, Laboratory of Nematology, WUR)
  • S. Klingen (forest expert consultancy firm Klingen Bomen)
  • Dr J. den Ouden (assistant professor of forest ecology and forest management, WUR)
  • Prof. J.H.J. Schaminee (Professor of Nature Conservation and Plant Ecology, WUR)
  • N. Visser (Floraworkgroup coordinator)
  • Mrs N. de Vries (coordinator Faunaworkgroup)
  • Prof. ir. M.F. Wallis de Vries (professor ecology and conservation insects, WUR) (the Butterfly Foundation)

Advisory Committee on Recrection 

  • mevrouw A. M. Heemskerk-Teijema (director Delta Amsterdam)
  • H. Verheijden (director Verheijden Concepten)
  • M.C.B. Schonenberg (director Beurs van Berlage)

Hoge Veluwe Fund

  • F.H. Schreve (chairman)
  • mr. G.J. de Graaf 
  • mr. K.J. de Heus
  • drs. J.H. van Heyningen Nanninga
  • mr. C.J.A. van Lede
  • J.R.N. Nieukerke
  • mr. M.M. van ’t Noordende 
  • S.E. baron van Voorst tot Voorst