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Greenspace Management in Denmark and Sweden

Summary

The Danish experience

The Swedish experience

Regenerating greenspace in and near high density multi storey housing -
Case Studies

DENMARK
Aedalsparken
Gillesager
Hvidovre
Lyngby - Town Green
Mortenshupvej
Taestrup

 

SWEDEN
Alingsås
Angered
Bergsjön
Eriksbo
Gårdsten
Lomma  
Malmo-Holma
Malmo Bo01
Östra Uggledal

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Greenspace Management in Denmark and Sweden

Summary

The Danish experience

The Swedish experience

Regenerating greenspace in and near high density multi storey housing -
Case Studies

DENMARK
Aedalsparken
Gillesager
Hvidovre
Lyngby - Town Green
Mortenshupvej
Taestrup

 

SWEDEN
Alingsås
Angered
Bergsjön
Eriksbo
Gårdsten
Lomma  
Malmo-Holma
Malmo Bo01
Östra Uggledal

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Innovative solutions to the design, management and maintenance of urban greenspace

Alingsås, near Gothenburg

Low density row housing with extensive open space -
Private gardens extending out into public greenspace with the residents taking over responsibility for management of part of the public space

 

These photographs are included here as they illustrate an increasingly common approach to reducing the area of greenspace that has to be maintained by a local authority.

In this middle-class area of the town, all the terraced houses originally had small gardens. Where these abut onto public space there has been a gradual extension of the private garden into the public space. In this case the greenspace is part of the town's excellent, coherent and very well maintained greenspace system.

Gradually tenants and owners have taken over looking after the land next their gardens which is within the public open space . In the main they have planted trees and shrubs into the grass and taken over the mowing and maintenance of this extended garden - many fruit trees have been planted.

There has been no attempt to make this a legally binding obligation and it appears that if those who now have extended gardens want to reduce the size again this will cause no problems for the town maintenance team.

The photograph above shows how some gardens have expanded while others have not - this makes for a visually more interesting edge to the greenspace and the increase of shrubs, trees and groundcover in the area has enhanced biodiversity to a small extent. In Sweden where so much of the countryside is still in a "wild" or "semi-wild" state, the idea of bringing "wilder" landscapes into a city's greenspaces has not proved attractive. Areas of rough grass near housing are relatively rare and natural forest (often regenerated woodland, as agricultural land has proved unprofitable and been abandoned) is rarely far from any home.

 

This photograph shows the small size of the original gardens found with these terraced houses.

 

© Anne Beer, 2001

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Latest update : 20 Sept 2001