The Swedish town of Lund has “dumped” 1,000 kilograms of chicken manure — or about 2,200 pounds — in the city’s main park to deter gatherings and prevent the town from becoming an “epicenter of coronavirus,” Lund’s Mayor Philip Sandberg told CNN on Thursday.
The city’s Environment Committee said on Tuesday that the Lund City Park will be closed for "maintenance measures" on Walpurgis Day, a holiday starting on Thursday in northern Europe.Sandberg told CNN they would finish the manure "dumping" on Thursday and while the park and its surrounding area will smell for several days, it was necessary for fertilization as the manure will not only deter visitors, but also get the lawn ready for the summer.
“It will stink of chicken manure and won’t be pleasant for people to be around, but the chicken has a lot of phosphorus and nitrogen in so the park will be nice just in time for the summer,” Sandberg said.
While Sweden has banned gatherings of more than 50 people, Sandberg said in Lund they are trying to get people to social distance as much as possible as it is proven “parks can carry a severe risk to coronavirus.”
“We don’t want to become an epicenter for coronavirus so we are doing what we can to fertilize the lawn and keep people safe," Sandberg added. “It has been proven that parks can carry a severe risk to coronavirus with the amount of people gathering in them, so this is an important measure for us to take, whilst getting the lawn ready for better weather.”
He added that the public’s reaction to this has been positive because they too understand it will be “worth it.”