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Photo: Katja Kejser & Kasper Holst Pedersen

Photo: Karl Ravn

Photo: Karl Ravn

Photo: Karl Ravn

Photo: Karl Ravn

Photo: Karl Ravn

Photo: Karl Ravn

Photo: Karl Ravn

Photo: Karl Ravn

the pp forest

A new forest, new lakes, a sledding hill for the kids and a massive buffer against future flooding from heavy rain. These are the results of an unusual corporation between PP Møbler, Birkholm Planteskole (the local plant nursery), Forsyning Allerød Rudersdal A/S (the local wastewater company) and Allerød Kommune (Allerød Municipality).

“It is rare that so many solutions come together in one project. But in this case we have succeeded beyond our expectations thus benefiting our nature and citizens many years to come”, says Erik Lund, mayor of Allerød that has made the land available and paid for the paths in the new forest.

The project were initiated when PP Møbler contacted the municipality with a request for a piece of land to plant new forest:

“Here at PP Møbler we always appreciated the Danish woods, and through several generations we have produced furniture that should endure the time it takes a new tree to grow”, says Master of Craftsmen Søren Holst Pedersen and continues: “The fact that we are now planting a forest of the same wood types that we have used for furniture production for 60 years is to us completing a natural circle.”

The circle as a symbol of sustainability
Both as a symbol and as an actual shape the circle has been vital to the afforestation. The trees were financed when PP Møbler sponsored the climate summit COP15 in Copenhagen 2009 and subsequently sold 90 pieces of Wegner’s famous “Circle Chair” and “Round Chair” that furnished the VIP lounge. On this occation both the buyer and PP Møbler each donated 200 euro per chair that would finance the forest that has now become real.

“Wood is the only renewable raw material that allows us to produce furniture in complience with the very essense of the term sustainability”, Says Søren Holst Pedersen and continues: “If we make furniture of genuine quality that withstands generations of daily use, then we will never use more wood than the forests can supply naturally while making home for animals to thrive in, and so the circle of sustainability is concluded.”

A tribute to the great masters
With the new forest Søren Holst Pedersen also wishes to honour the proud traditions for fine furniture making within the town of Allerød. For though PP Møbler is now the only company with furniture production in Allerød, this particular town has been hosting the productions of some of the greatest Danish furniture designers such as Hans Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, Finn Juhl, Poul Kjærholm and Nanna Ditzel.

For this reason all paths in the new “PP Forest” will be named after these famous designers, and there will also be two small paths named after designers of the present time, Søren Ulrik Petersen and Thomas Alken that has both designed furniture for PP Møbler.

“Furniture production in Allerød is unfortunately not as common as it where in the 50’ies and the 60’ies, but our workshop is flourishing in this town, and it is a great honour for us to create a piece of beautiful nature for the future generations of citizens in Allerød and at the same time remind them of the fine history of this town,” says Søren Holst Pedersen.

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