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Update: The Movable Bilberry Pad – First Modules Ready

The first modules of The Movable Bilberry Pad are now ready. The Siberian larch container modules were planted with wild bilberries, lingonberries, crowberries and some other forest floor plants such as mosses and calluna.

Thank you for our sponsors Messupuu and Piiraisen Viherpalvelu and the project supporters Kone Foundation and the Finnish Cultural Foundation!

Update: Movable Bilberry Pad – The Heath Has Arrived!

The heath forest floor transplant that we will use for the Movable Bilberry Pad has arrived! Piiraisen Viherpalvelu delivered and installed the transplant swiftly. The forest floor transplant is shipped in a 2 m (6 ft) wide roll that contains 5 meters (16 ft) of heath ”carpet”. The transplant contains bilberry and lingonberry shrubs, various mosses, heather, crowberry and some other forest floor plants. For our installation we received 20 m2 of transplant that will be watered and cared for during the summer. In the fall we will move the healthiest plants to movable containers and take them to Maijala service center for the elderly in Kangasala.

Thanks a lot for our sponsors Piiraisen Viherpalvelu and Messupuu and supporters Kone Foundation and The Finnish Culture Foundation!

Update: The Movable Bilberry Pad – Construction
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Update: The Movable Bilberry Pad – Construction

The construction of the Movable Bilberry Pad has started. During the summer we will grow fresh heath with bilberries and lingonberries. We will also build movable planters for the installation. In the fall we will move some plants, hopefully with berries, to the planters and take them to the folks at Maijala service center in Kangasala. Thank you for our sponsors Messupuu and Piiraisen Viherpalvelu!

The Portable Farm – Planting

The first phase of planting for the Portable Farm was carried out successfully. The brisk residents of the Maijala service center in Kangasala planted the seedlings of useful plants and flowers very quickly. The weather was a bit cold, but let’s hope at least some of the plants will survive and prosper! We also planted a family apple tree that has branches from 4 different apple varieties. We’ll see if we get proper harvest already this year.

Big Thanks for Messupuu and Piiraisen Viherpalvelu for the very generous sponsorship and for Kone Foundation and The Finnish Culture Foundation for funding the work!

Getting Ready for Planting

The spring has been really cold in Finland but finally it’s getting a tad warmer. We are preparing to plant the first phase of the Movable Bilberry Pad project with the residents of Maijala service center in Kangasala. The project is funded by Kone Foundation & the Finnish Cultural Fund and very generously sponsored by Messupuu and Piiraisen Viherpalvelu. A Big Thank you to all of them for making this project possible!

WSP Eco-efficient Terrace
WSP Eco-efficient Terrace

Eco Terrace First Prize!

The competition entry by WSP Finland team, including Mieluisa, won the shared 1st prize in the Eco-efficient Restaurant Terrace ideas competition organized by Climate Street and the City of Helsinki. The aim of the competition was to find new eco-efficient ways to prolong the restaurant terrace season in the Nordic climate. Big congratulations to the other winners Urban Gardens Finland and Arkkitehtuuritoimisto IAH as well!

The Movable Bilberry Pad – Update
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The Movable Bilberry Pad – Update

The Movable Bilberry Pad gets an updated, hexagonal shape. The planting containers are made of siberian larch that has naturally excellent resistance to rot. The wood for the Pad is generously provided by Messupuu. The plant containers and the leg modules are designed as relatively small, independent units to maximise portability. The containers also vary in size so that we can get data of how much soil is optimal for the bilberries to grow.

Update: The Movable Bilberry Pad

Here are new images for the Nature Cot: Movable Bilberry Pad. The Pad consists of five movable modules. The bilberries are grown in a natural forest environment with tree shade and high humidity. During the growing season, the planter modules double as planters for useful plants and flowers. In the fall, the plant crops are harvested and the planters will planted with bilberry heath. The first prototype of the Movable Bilberry Pad will be installed this spring at a service center for the elderly in Kangasala, Finland.

Finnish Cultural Foundation Grant
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Finnish Cultural Foundation Grant

The Finnish Cultural Foundation has generously awarded a grant to Nature Cots. With the grant we will build The Movable Bilberry Pad. Working together with Services for the Elderly in Kangasala, Finland, we will bring the Bilberry Pad to a service center for the elderly to enjoy and to engage with. A big Thank You for the Finnish Cultural Foundation!