The Danish capital of Copenhagen is planting edible plants and fruit-bearing bushes for its residents to savor for free. The city’s council hopes that by introducing city-wide apple trees and blackberry bushes, urban-dwellers will be more immersed in nature, children will learn about the growing process, and its local Nordic cuisine will be even more delicious.
The plan includes planting apple trees and blackberry bushes at churchyards, parks, playgrounds and sporting facilities in Copenhagen. Before this initiative, trees and plants bearing edible fruit or berries were only found in nature reserves, such as Amager Nature Park.
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Copenhagen City Councilor Astrid Aller notes that this “interactive urban orchard is a way of connecting residents to their communities.” It’s also a reflection of a broader movement to connect people with locally-grown food. More specifically in Denmark, where New Nordic Cuisine that’s based on ingredients local to Scandinavia has been popular with foodies.