February 9, 2018

Another dispensation for Carlsberg

Copenhagen got a new board of Technical and Environmental Affairs. Venstre, consistently voting against the trees, are no longer in, but we got two new parties: DF and Alternativet. In the latest meeting they voted about trees. And as promised we are keeping an eye on how they vote, like on Monday where Carlsberg applied for another dispensation to fell trees in the category "worth preserving". This time asking for seven of them.

In favor:
Socialdemokratiet, Konservative, Liberal Alliance, SF og Alternativet.

Radikale, Dansk Folkeparti og Enhedslisten.

This means the request was granted. Costing Copenhagen another 7 trees in the special category "worth preserving", one of which can be saved if, and only if, the neighbors fight for it during the neighbor orientation. We will keep an eager eye on that

Asked why, the party Alternativet justified its approval by the assessment that it would be no major loss of biodiversity. To which we can only say that urban trees, and especially street trees as these, contribute with so much more than biodiversity. We will have to talk a lot more about this.

The Technical- and Environmental Board of Copenhagen, as of January 1st 2018:

Latest satellite view of Carlsberg. And this was before they felled the Climbing Forest.

January 26, 2018

Status of Carlsberg Byen destruction

The City of Copenhagen just publicized a status of the felled trees in Carlsberg Byen. If it feels like there has been a lot of talk about the Carlsberg trees, it is because the damages are beyond comprehension.

Felled trees on Carlsberg: 313
Felled trees in the special category "worth preserving" on Carlsberg as of May 2016: 130
Felled trees in the special category "worth preserving" on Carlsberg *without* permission: 25
The department have in addition changed 3 to not-worth-preserving. (???)

Link to the status: here. (Danish) 

January 17, 2018

Copenhagen vs. Frederiksberg

In the printed newsletter by the city of Copenhagen, distributed to all households, citizens are this time reminded to salt (!) the sidewalks in the winter season. They go as far as to suggest the alternative of gravel, but that's it.

Whereas on Frederiksberg they made a small animated movie, telling the citizen: never ever use salt on the sidewalks. And they proceed to tell you why, suggesting alternatives and where to find them. For the sake of trees, groundwater, pavement, cars, bikes, dog paws and the future.

"Although it can seem harmless, it is so much more harmful that one would think". This is how Frederiksberg describes salt. The same can be said about lacking information. This is just not green enough, Copenhagen! We absolutely must do better next winter. Ugh!

Copenhagen vs. Frederiksberg:

From the most recent printed newsletter of Copenhagen: Repeated reminders to use salt.

Watch the full animated movie from Frederiksberg to the citizens here (link).

And remember you can still sign to help the tormented lake chestnuts, to grant them the life prolonging care plan and spare them salting. Sign here (link).