Swedish city to use chicken manure to deter crowds

Elias Hubbard
April 30, 2020

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The university town of Lund is set to dump a ton of chicken manure in a park to deter residents from gathering there for a religious celebration on Thursday night.

Authorities in Lund say 30,000 people have gathered in the Stadspark in recent years to celebrate the spring festival Valborg.

Lund's local council's environment committee chairman Gustav Lunblad told Sydsvenskan, a daily Swedish newspaper: "Lund could very well become an epi-centre for the spread of the coronavirus on the last night in April, [so] I think it was a good initiative".

Governments all over the world are trying their best to keep their citizens indoors to help flatten the curve of coronavirus, however there are still many people who are not paying heed to the orders. Lundblad said the chicken manure in Lund will have an added benefit, allowing the city to fertilize their lawns. It has left shops, restaurants and gyms open, while asking rather than ordering people to stay at home.

He anxious that a potential drawback to the unique method is the smell might waft out of the park and into other areas of the city. "But as far as I understand it will obviously smell a little outside the park as well".

Since the festivities - which can attract up to 30,000 visitors - are "spontaneous", the city cannot outright ban them but given the coronavirus outbreak, Lundblad said the city strongly wanted to avoid them.

"On the other hand, it is good for the lawn, as chicken manure contains a lot of phosphorus and nitrogen, so that we have a really nice city park for the summer season".

Sweden has opted for a light touch approach to containing Covid-19, eschewing the strict lockdowns imposed by its Nordic neighbours and much of the rest of Europe and favouring personal responsibility over draconian enforcement.

David Aaro is a Reporter at Fox News Digital based in New York City.

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