Swedish officials dumped nearly one ton of chicken feces on a popular park to deter citizens from gathering to celebrate a holiday.
The city of Lund draws tens of thousands of people who come to celebrate Walpurgis Night at a central park. The chicken manure is was spread across the entire park to deter guests from celebrating amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Walpurgis Night is a spring festival with roots in ancient paganism and traditionally celebrated in April.
Gustav Lundblad, chairman of Lund’s council environmental committee, said that the chicken manure is multipurpose.
“We get the opportunity to fertilize the lawns, and at the same time it will stink and so it may not be so nice to sit and drink beer in the park,” he said.
He said residents of the park’s surroundings may have noticed some side-effects.
“I am not a fertilizer expert, but as I understand it, it is clear that it might smell a bit outside the park as well. These are chicken droppings, after all. I cannot guarantee that the rest of the city will be odorless. But the point is to keep people out of the city park.”