Iglekärr by Erik Abel

The NORR forest: 3,000 new square meters in Iglekärr

The protected old-growth forest north of Gothenburg is growing – thanks in part to NORR Green Partner’s support.

Since 2010, our NORR Green Partner project has been supporting the Naturarvet Foundation, which acquires unique Swedish old-growth forests with the aim of permanently protecting them. Each year we donate an increasingly large financial contribution, and with the donation from 2018 NORR Magazin has helped conserve a total of 25,480 m2 in Risveden, a large forested area north of Gothenburg. This is something that we hope that our readers – and other forest-lovers, of course – can enjoy when visiting these beautiful woods.

The first 13,000 m2 that we contributed to was hit by forest fires last summer. Even though beautiful, old trees went up in flame, forest fires are one of nature’s cycles. In time a rich, biological diversity will blossom here again.

In the years that followed, we have in cooperation with Naturarvet protected locations that are particularly worth a visit and a hike. We have wandered through these magical forests ourselves and encourage NORR’s readers to do the same.

From the parking at the north end of Iglekärr’s Nature Reserve, it’s just three kilometres to our three “lake properties” along lake Stora Iglekärr’s north end. Don’t miss the finely sculpted wilderness bench.

Then continue on to The Wholly Oak Tree with its large crown, which stands guard over an even larger area that we have donated money to. This is how Swedish forests looked around 6,000 years ago!

The Bonsai Pine is another umbrella-like tree that also watches over 3,000 m2 of woods, which include an old oak mixed forest and gentle, south-facing slopes.

Our latest addition is located in the adjacent Skarnhålan old-growth forest, with a lake property along lake Gravlången’s eastern shore. It is very beautiful place with its ancient forest, and a favourite stop for a coffee break. And, a perfect tent pitch site!

Join us on the journey.

Photo: Erik Abel