Dozens of trees were saved from a construction site at the University of Iceland last weekend, RÚV reports. Around six different species of trees had sprung up at the site, where digging began five years ago but construction has since been delayed.
The construction is finally moving forward, but the young trees will be given a second chance, thanks to Einar Jónsson of the Icelandic Forest Service who dug up and potted them last weekend with a helper. In a Facebook post, he wrote that aspen, willow, birch, rowan, and spruce were among the species that the two had harvested from the lot.
Einar was contracted for the unusual project by the Institute for Icelandic Studies, the university department which will be housed in the new building, known as the House of Icelandic Studies. Some of the seedlings were given to participants at the institute’s annual meeting yesterday, while others may be replanted on the site once the building is completed.