Austrått is a manorial landscape belonging to the municipality of Ørland, largelyflat lowland located in Norway. It is a part of Sør-Trøndelag County, facing the Norwegian Sea to the west. The municipality also includes three inhabited islands (Garten, Kråkvågand Storfosna) as well as many islets. The landscape contains high natural, cultural, historical and military significances embodied in a castle and gardens, a hunting park, several crofts, large farms and an old pilgrimage route.
Ørland's topography differs markedly from most other areas in Norway as only 2% of the municipality exceeds an altitude of 160 meters above sea level, forming a vastopen space. This vast, rather flat open landscape gave to a varied use from being Norway’s main air force base, agriculture and nature conservation areas to residential neighbourhoods.
Sitting in the heart of Ørland, Austrått manor was first developed in the seventeenth century. This is the municipality’s most important historical building. Although the surrounding landscape also has a significant historical value, which is unfortunately not yet fully recognized. Today, only the castle is recognizedas a cultural heritage site, together with the hunting park, known as Austråttlunden (Austrått grove), which is protectedas a landscape reserve. A landscape is, however, a combination of tangible and intangible dimensions, of landforms, buildings and vegetation, but also of perceptions, stories and memories. Within the Austrått landscape, the aim is to recognize all of these heritage features.
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Rural Heritage Hub
The Rural Heritage Hub will be established in the Ørland Cultural Centre, Brekstad, Ørland Municipality, Norway. Established in 2009, Ørland Cultural Center is organized as a municipal enterprise. Ørland Cultural Center has close connection with local and regional governments, as well as researchers and professionals from various Norwegian universities. The work of this centre is based on three pillars: history-nature-culture.