February 16, 2016

The unveiling

Tomorrow at 2PM the fate of more than 70 trees on the Nørrebro retirement home Sølund, will be revealed. Among them the Ladytree, our beautiful 154 year old ginkgo biloba and the contemporary majestic beech on the corner. Starring in our avatar, as the endangered pair.

The first winner of the new Sølund retirement home competition, was a sad, dense and naked colossus. Fortunately, that plan was shut down. A majority in city hall wanted more parking spots, and they were granted that, if the competition was allowed to start over. Tomorrow we will know the outcome.

In the hearing material for the competition the number of trees on the ground, were halved on the map (!), and the Ladytree marked as not worth preserving (!). It turns out that the project manager had revoked the status, to leave more available space for underground parking. With massive objections from the neighbors and other persistent parties, we managed to get the tree marked as worth preserving. Meaning only that the architects are encouraged to keep it around, but not obligated. 

Nerve wracking!

Sølund have been city run and owned until recently, and the Ladytree have been left to suffocate in the ivy for decades. It is a painstaking and costly affair to remove 40+ years of ivy from a six story tall tree, but amazingly we have been contacted by the certified arborists Morten & Rødderne (Morten and the roots), offering to liberate the Ladytree as a present for the citizens and Save the Urban Trees. 

What a classy move! Now all we need is for the project winner to spare our tree. First it must be saved, and then freed. Fingers crossed, everyone..

Watch the Ladytree on P1 Natursyn's small video 

The urban oasis about to be destroyed, Feast your eyes on Classic Copenhagen.

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