King opens Stenhammar Nature Reserve

Kungaparet vid invigningen av Stenhammar naturreservat. Foto: Leif R Jansson/Scanpix

The King and Queen at the opening of Stenhammar Nature Reserve. Photo: Leif R Jansson/Scanpix

On Monday 5 Octoberr, The King opened Stenhammar Nature Reserve.
In his opening speech, The King said, “in a book about his father, Prince Wilhelm, the late Count Lennart Bernadotte of Mainau wrote that over the years, Stenhammar had become a symbol of freedom, good comradeship and solidarity with the countryside and the people living there.

I can only agree in that I feel a great sense of kinship with the countryside here. Managing Stenhammar in the best possible way for coming generations is both an honourable and important task. So that it remains possible 'to once again be able to return to a blessed Södermanland summer's day', as Prince Wilhelm wrote in his famous poem, Invocation".

Stenhammar Nature Reserve


Stenhammar is Södermanland county's 125th nature reserve, with an area of 197 hectares. It is located roughly 3.5 kilometres south west of the locality of Flen, and in addition to forests and pastureland it also includes the waters of Lake Valdemar. The landscape is typical of Södermanland, comprising a mosaic of pine forests, fields of oak and open pastureland. The area includes several ancient remains and other traces of previous cultures.
Kungaparet, med landshövding Bo Könberg i bakgrunden, vid invigningen av Stenhammar naturreservat. Foto: Leif R Jansson/Scanpix

The King and Queen, with County Governor Bo Könberg in the background, during the opening of Stenhammar Nature Reserve. Photo: Leif R Jansson/Scanpix