Plans unclear for terror-flower compost

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The tons of flowers that Norwegians laid down all over Oslo following last summer’s terrorist attacks have now been transformed into specially marked compost. It remains unclear, however, where the special compost will be used.

Norwegians and foreign visitors alike laid down tons of flowers all over Oslo in the weeks following last year's terrorist attacks. They weren't simply thrown away. PHOTO: Views and News

News bureau NTB reported that around 150 large sacks of the compost are now stored in a warehouse at Oslo’s Grønmo recycling station. Each sack is labelled with the following message:

“Good thoughts last forever. This is earth from the roses laid down after July 22.”

The flowers, candles, stuffed animals, cards and signs of sympathy were all carefully collected by city workers following the July 22 terrorist attacks that killed 77 persons. The material items have all been saved and stored at a facility connected to Norway’s national archives, while the flowers were scooped up to be preserved as compost.

Initial plans have called for the compost to be used around memorials or parks dedicated to the July 22 victims and survivors, but no firm plans have been announced as yet.

Flowers placed around the Oslo City Courthouse during the 10-week trial of confessed terrorist Anders Behring Breivik have also been collected, but they’re still in the decomposing stage.

Views and News staff