Giert Tørrisson Giertsen Nedenes (1772-1825)

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After the Mandal river changed its direction some time in the late 1600s, the area between the town and Hobdeheia remained an open sand bank. While the wind howled, a sand storm blew over streets and houses and caused great despair among the inhabitants.

Towards the end of the 1700s Magistrate Friederich Friederichsen started planting pine and larch trees west of Skrivergården towards Kallhammeren. After his death, his son-in-law Giert Tørrisson Giertsen Nedenes continued his work at a larger scale. Giert Tørrisson Giertsen was the richest merchant in Mandal and his businesses covered many areas. He had the capital, energy, and vision needed to continue the tree planting. He has remained the founder of Furulunden. “He planted the trees to the benefit of his descendants,” was written on his column.

The inhabitants of Mandal realized the significance of this, and continued the work. In the first half of the 1900s more than 100 000 trees were planted, mostly by primary school pupils.

Today Furulunden lies as a protective belt between the town and the sea. It is unique that we have such a forest in the vicinity of the town. Furulunden is nearby, with lots of paths and a beach for every wind.

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English translation: Kirsti Birkeland og Liv Smith