Improving urban areas through biodiversity

Rasmus Vincentz is the co-founder of the Danish company called Habitats, working with biodiversity in urban areas. He moved to Malmö 5 years ago with his wife and soon discovered a hidden secret that he will share with us below. But first, let’s take the opportunity to learn more about his work and passion for nature. 

Please, tell us more about your company and biodiversity!

We work as consultants, landscape architects and whatever to promote a more rich and diverse nature, especially in urban areas. It has, within the last few years, become a very dynamic field. Many companies, municipalities and different initiatives call us to find out how they can work with biodiversity, practically as well as strategic. Read more about Habitats on their website or follow them on Facebook.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I am not sure when it is ‘free time’ – I work and spend time with my family and friends, in a great mix of work and leisure. But, I try at least once per year to go spend a week in great nature areas, on hikes in national parks in Scandinavia or Iceland. That is free time, but still somehow very related to my work with nature.

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What is your favourite place to visit in Malmö?

Definitely Ellstorp Hundgård, located between Värnhem and Kirseberg. It is an area that is not a classic nice park, but a place where nature is allowed to grow pretty free and wild, with only some minor maintenance. Here you will find, maybe as one of the few places in Malmø area, natural dynamics, where the plants and insects and wheat ever can roam free and create is own interactions and patterns. 

It is unbelievable interesting to visit this kind of natural world, and to explore how changes happens at daily or weekly basis. It’s a perfect place to see and learn how nature can unfold itself in all its rotten mess and beauty.

I strongly recommend everyone to visit it, and to slowly explore the variations and your own reactions to something so dynamic which we, squeezed between farming and flat lawns, are so unused to.