In 2007, Ramat Hanadiv began to develop a master plan for the future. For the first time since its establishment in 1954, the organisation formally defined its vision and accompanying goals and principles by which its programmes and activities would be guided.
Ramat Hanadiv's current vision received its inspiration from the initial 1958 legal declaration of the memorial park's purpose: ‘Ramat Hanadiv shall hold these estates and manage them as a public garden and park dedicated forever to celebrating the blessed memory of Benjamin de Rothschild.’
The above-stated objective is complemented by recognition of the unique place of Ramat Hanadiv in the Israeli context. This uniqueness is not due to the presence of exceptional species or unusual archaeological or historical findings in the Park, but to its character as a site that in many ways exemplifies the Israeli and Mediterranean landscape with its diversity and wealth of species, and with the characteristic dilemmas and issues raised by the management of open spaces.
Thus, Ramat Hanadiv's current vision reflects a dynamic reality epitomized by a constant aspiration to strike a balance between heritage on the one hand, and environmental values on the other; between activities designed to appeal to the populace and activities designed to protect nature.
The decision to prepare a master plan reflected recognition that the scope and scale of activities at Ramat Hanadiv have increased. In a process led by an external planner and guided by a steering committee, Ramat Hanadiv consolidated its identity and defined the vision that would guide its work. The guiding values were defined more clearly and were discussed by Park staff and by external entities and experts. The next stage in the process was the definition of long-term goals and objectives.
The hope is that the master plan will enable management and staff to guide future activities in desirable directions, and to identify and respond to new opportunities so as to optimize the utilization of existing resources.
Ramat Hanadiv is a living memorial to Baron Edmond de Rothschild, operating for the benefit of the Israeli public as a whole and for generations to come.
Ramat Hanadiv plays a leading role in the management of natural and cultural resources based on sustainable interactions between man, nature and the environment, and encourages understanding and appreciation of this ideal.
Excellence - Setting high standards in landscape management, education, heritage preservation, research and community outreach
Innovation and Creativity – Conceiving and adopting new methods of implementing Ramat Hanadiv’s goals
Tranquillity, Simplicity and Enjoyment – Maintaining a site that serves as a place providing recreation, peace and tranquillity for all who enter its gates
Openness and Interaction - Creating a site that welcomes diverse individuals and communities with openness and tolerance
Our efforts to realize this vision will be based upon:
Commemoration of the memory and legacy of Baron de Rothschild, the ‘well known’ benefactor
Cultivating a calm, peaceful and enjoyable environment for all who enter the gates of Ramat Hanadiv
Cultivating the Memorial Gardens, its heritage and aesthetic values, and making it accessible to the public
Managing and developing the Nature Park according to principles of ecological sustainability
Embodying and providing examples of sustainable relationships between humankind and the environment
Preserving and nurturing ecosystems and biodiversity
On the basis of the above, guidelines were formulated for activities in the various work areas at Ramat Hanadiv: the active management of the Memorial Gardens and Nature Park, and the areas of visitors and recreation; educational programmes for schools and scientific research.
Active management and maintenance based on intimate knowledge and understanding of the site and use of calculated intervention to perpetuate harmonious and sustainable systems at Ramat Hanadiv
The Memorial Gardens - Active Management
Cultivation of the Gardens dedicated to the memory of Baron de Rothschild, for the benefit and enjoyment of the public
Commitment to preserving the delicate balance between development, improvement and renewal on the one hand and preservation of the original planning and guidelines on the other, while keeping in mind current needs and the culture associated with the site
The Nature Park - Active Management
Management based on research and knowledge which seeks balance and moderation of human and ecological needs, above all favouring renewable resources over exhaustible ones and an appropriate integration of cultivated and natural landscapes
Documentation of management practices in order to assess their influence on the natural systems and adaptation of activities accordingly. Dissemination of knowledge gained, for professionals in the field
Visitors and Interpretation
Encouraging a broad and varied public to visit Ramat Hanadiv
Offering opportunities to enrich the visit and enhance awareness; to develop an understanding of open landscapes and gain knowledge of the site
Advancing local community involvement in the available leisure activity.
Educational Programmes for Schools
Cultivating the study of the interaction of man and the environment at Ramat Hanadiv in order to create an ‘informed love of nature’
o The teaching/learning process will consist of activities in the classroom, on the Internet and in the field, and will be adapted to the formal state school curriculum.
Curriculum development at Ramat Hanadiv and its implementation will focus on content relevant to the site, which can serve as a model and inspiration to the educational community in Israel and abroad.
Familiarizing the academic community with natural systems and human-environmental relationships and their influence on the decision making process which is integral to park management
Supporting site and time-specific research together with Long Term Ecological Research
Creation of a database, which will contribute to relevant fields of study at Ramat Hanadiv and to enriching the public and the scientific community in Israel and abroad