THE FIGHT FOR GISSELFELD
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website describes the long drawn-out fight for control of a large land estate on
the island of Zealand in Denmark. This is a battle with very significant
consequences for the land in this area, its wildlife and the future of organic
farming. It also threatens to undermine the legal foundation that
Gisselfeld rests upon , a 300 year old so-called fundats written by
Christian Golden Lion, a son of King Christian V.
the aspect of the fight for Gisselfeld that has received most media
attention, has been the Count of Gisselfeld's personal battle to regain his
position as Director of the estate.
visionary man, who had already begun to farm organically and had plans to
transform Gisselfeld into what would be the largest organic estate in
Denmark, lost his power after being ousted from his position under what can only
be described as coup-like circumstances. The Count's removal from his rightful
position, has been led by a powerful and rich landowner called Koed-Jørgensen
and a former top army General, Kjeld Hillingsø. This new leadership alliance
has consilidated its hold on Gisselfeld through drawing on its influential
network, and justified its actions in the name of economic rationality.
Since aquiring power, they have cancelled all organic farming, heavily
intensified logging of the forests, and rented out all available hunting areas.
The Count's challenge is now to win his power back by drawing on his legal
rights, founded in one of the very oldest of Danish laws. Gisselfelds so called fundats
was drawn up by CountDanneskiold-Samsøe's forefather, the illegitimate son
of King Christian V, Christian Gyldenløve (Golden Lion) in 1701 and 1702.
the 8th January 2002 the count lost the case he brought to court on 16th April
1998. The judgement was appealed on the 17th January 2002 and will now continue
in the Danish High Court, where a final outcome is expected 2006.
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