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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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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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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 

Slättängs Parken, Lomma, near Malmo
Example of how one interested resident can change everything and directly stimulate community voluntary action to redesign and maintain a local park adjacent to their housing area

This park, near blocks of flats in Lomma, was run down and very little used by local inhabitants until a few years ago when a retired local man decided to do something about it. He began by cutting back the overgrown grass and areas of undergrowth and he was soon joined by 6-7 other men, who formed a garden club.

This is the type of housing in the area - the green areas are highly maintained by the housing company. The local authority was responsible for the adjacent parkland which was designated as city greenspace, but in fact this was just an old disused gravel pit where they could not afford to do any work to make it into a park.

The "Park Group" of residents have regular meetings to decide what needs to be done and who will take on the particular tasks. Sometimes they work alone and sometimes in larger groups - nobody forces them to do anything - they do what they think is necessary. Their work is highly appreciated by their fellow tenants and they have become well known members of the local community. They link to the larger community through informal conversations while they do their work and through the regular residents' committee for the housing area, when necessary.

They have renovated the grassland and lake into a well-used public park, entirely on a voluntary basis.

The municipality realised that the Park Volunteers' efforts needed to be recognised in some way and they now provide their equipment and a secure garden shed for storage (the green container in the picture below), as well as making the mulch from the park planting cut down by the volunteers. This is spread by the volunteers to make comfortable walking surfaces on the paths.

The park consists of two areas, separated by a road. One area is mainly grassland and a large lake; the other is wilder and more natural. The path system is well used. Using it allows a wide range of experiences and changing views: from neatly mown lawns, to a playing pitch, to a children's play space, to woodland, to rough grassland, to naturalistic water edges - it is all that a park should be and it is all designed and managed by local residents. It also supports a wide range of wildlife throughout the year, so that this park contributes greatly to local biodiversity.

That it exists at all relies on the physical effort of retired people and it is an excellent example of what can be achieved by volunteers. Having seen how successful the garden club was in transforming the park, the municipality wanted the volunteers to sign a contract committing them to its upkeep, but surprise, surprise they refused! The municipality had totally misunderstood the psychology behind wanting to be involved in this type of work.

The scheme and the motivations of those involved are being studied in depth by Tim Delshammar of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp.

 

 

 

 

 

© Anne Beer, 2001

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Latest update : 3 Oct 2001