The forest from here out to Sjøsanden was planted in the first part of the 1900s. Before this the whole area was an open sand plain. Up till the end of the 1600s the river bed crossed today's road to the beach, and we can still see the old river bottom.
In the 1890s The Society for the Promotion of Mandal/Byselskapet in the 1890s started planting pine and shrub pine as protection in order to subdue the wind and stop the sand erosion. They also constructed the path from Sankt Hans-bakken/Santi, the small rock in a straight line towards Ryvingen lighthouse. In the first part of the 1900s around 100 000 pines were planted, mainly by school children, organized by teacher Paulus Valvik.
Through the years a network of roads and paths have been built, giving access to the forest. Furulunden is unique as a nearby park, and is called "the green chemistry of the town". Small lamps have enticed more people to take an evening walk. The forest has a flock of 15 – 20 roes. We must show consideration for the vulnerable fauna when we walk on "hidden paths", as they are called in the town song, an expression echoing the infatuation of lovers. Even if there are mostly pine trees, the forest also has other kinds of trees, giving a good variation and a rich birdlife. The organization for nature conservation has placed a number of birdcages for different species throughout the forest.
Today Furulunden is maintained by Mandal Parkvesen and the voluntary Dugnadsgjengen, assisted by the society Furulundens venner ("Friends of Furulunden").
English translation: Kirsti Birkeland og Liv Smith