The Bat Forest
Look up at the trees and see if you can spot the bat boxes. You may be lucky enough to glimpse the small winged mammals as they go hunting. They are active in the evening and at night, and the best chance of seeing them is at dusk. When the nights are bright, you can distinguish their dark shapes against the backdrop of the sky. Elsewhere in the park there are nesting boxes for owls. At night, when they hunt, their wings flap silently. There are also boxes for starlings, woodpeckers, buzzards and falcons. The plants in the park attract insects. They attract birds, and they in turn attract birds of prey. This is nature’s cycle. As long as there is something to eat here, they will come.
The Hedgehog Forest
In the Hedgehog Forest, you will encounter pile after pile of old twigs and branches, stacked to create natural shelters and habitats for hedgehogs.
They love mounds of dry brushwood and small twigs where they can hide, find shelter and hibernate in nature’s own housing stock.
The fruit orchard
Our orchard contains more than 80 different fruit trees. There are also nut trees and berry bushes. More than half of the fruit trees are apple trees, and we have around 30 different varieties. There are also numerous cherry trees and a number of plum, pear and quince trees. The raspberry, blackcurrant, currant and gooseberry bushes grow on the east side, where there is more shelter. Make sure you visit the crooked trees in the old cherry-tree forest on the ‘troll path’ at the Meadow Hill.
The Kitchen Garden
The Kitchen Garden contains an abundance of herbs and edible flowers.
The tall natural beds supply the kitchen with unique culinary treats. The beds are packed with close to 30 different types of herbs, including parsley, rhubarb, dill, chervil, rosemary, salvia, sorrel, thyme, fennel, anise, lemon balm and mint. There are also lots of bulbous plants such as onions growing in the garden, as well as the old mulberry tree, which has begun to reach upwards after many years of near-horizontal growth. The large dark mulberries are also used in the kitchen.
The Sensory Garden
The herb garden has a special area called the Sensory Garden, where you can find raised beds that produce a huge diversity of fragrances. Pick a leaf and rub it between your fingers to bring out a strong fragrance of bronze fennel, basil, salvia or one of the other 10-12 herbs in the garden.
Fresh notes of citrus and other lovely scents and aromas await at the Sensory Garden.
The Butterfly Avenue
Take a stroll up the Butterfly Avenue, flanked by oak trees.
The avenue is surrounded by a sea of nectar-producing plants and flowers that attract butterflies, bees and other insects, such as marigolds, poppies and oxeye daisies.
The more nectar the flowers have to offer, the more insects they attract. It’s also a peaceful haven where butterflies can procreate, and the small patch of thickets and bushes offer an ideal habitat for cocooning butterfly larvae.
The Romantic Garden
Take a romantic stroll down the natural avenue and take in the surrounding sights of flowers in a variety of colours which reach their full bloom in the summer months. The avenue takes you through a meadow of fragrant, edible flowers that not only provide food for insects, but also ingredients for the hotel’s kitchen. They are also used for decoration. There’s always something in bloom in the park from March to November.
The Mushroom Forest
The Mushroom Forest has been designed to offer an ideal environment for edible mushrooms, which are harvested and used as ingredients for our restaurant. In order to thrive, the different species of mushrooms require the right combination of temperature, humidity and light. Scattered around the forest are logs, bales of hay, wood chips and sawdust, all of which are suited to the needs of different species. These have been inoculated with a variety of mushroom spawn, and the mushrooms themselves also attract animals. The forest also contains clearings where the Sun can pierce through, creating warm spots where insects can thrive. The higher temperatures in the clearings also improve the growing conditions for mushrooms.
The Meadow Hill
This area used to be barren and dry. It has now become a livelier place where old trees, bushes, twigs and clods are left untouched.
The Meadow Hill offers a beautiful view across the waters to the east and west,
where you can enjoy the sunrise and sunset. It is also a bee sanctuary with beehives and beds of wild flowers that honeybees can harvest nectar from and turn into the honey we use in our kitchen.
There are also insect hotels and hiding spots scattered around the hill, allowing butterflies, larvae, snails and wild bees to thrive here.
The sunrise spot
A magical place to watch the Sun rise and set
Take a seat on the bench facing east with a view of Helnæs Bay and watch the Sun make its slow ascent. 5 minutes away, you can find another bench facing west towards the Little Belt and watch it slink below the horizon.
Gl. Avernæs Nature Park contains an abundance of natural hiding spots and habitats to help nature thrive. Instead of trimmed lawns and bushes, we have designed a park consisting of 9 habitats that provide a home for a greater variety of plants, herbs, fungi, insects, flowers, bees, butterflies, birds and animals.
Scattered around the park are insect hotels, bat boxes, beehives, owl boxes, hedgehog shelters, thickets, bird of prey boxes and much more. If you’re lucky, you may spot some of the animals during your walk through the park; perhaps even one of the large sea eagles that regularly patrol the skies above.
At Sinatur, visitors can explore and immerse themselves in nature with the senses of sound, smell and touch.
Sinatur is heading towards:
Own food production
100% waste-free CO2-positive hotel operations