Anundgård's preschool in Holm can be opened after the baby boom, but the municipality of Sundsvall does not answer the inquiries – HBU and parents are working for a fresh start

The municipality of Sundsvall has a strategy for the countryside that they themselves do not follow, at least not when it comes to Holm and Anundgård's preschool. It can also be questioned whether they comply with the Administrative Procedure Act and their obligations to provide answers to their citizens., when they after 5 months still not answered parents' expressions of interest to have the children at Anundgårds Förskola. Holmbygdens Utveckling Association, HBU, has also asked the municipality about this, but even those questions are left unanswered. Should a parent have to wait six months for a simple answer, when you want a preschool place?

According to Sundsvall municipality's rural program är visionen att ha en väl fungerande service på landsbygden och de främsta målen för programmet är att öka befolkningstillväxt och sysselsättning.
This does not seem to be something that applies to Holm, which is the part of the municipality / parish in Sundsvall municipality that is largest in area in relation to population (1,13 pers / km². Source: SCB, Wikipedia).
Here, about somewhere in the municipality, in other words, one should work to fulfill the program's visions and goals.

Sundsvall municipality's operations have left Holm one by one in recent decades in terms of both housing and other services. Österströms Estate, Senior home, Teachers' residences, home care office, Anundgård's school and most recently Anundgård's preschool. The properties the municipality has sold so far are today owned by companies unrelated to the area and are today fraught with mismanagement and decay.

The preschool in Holm
Unlike all other municipal activities in Holm, the preschool is today “only” dormant. The business was paused for 1,5 years ago with a failing child base. One of the consequences was that a family with two children in preschool and leisure time was forced to move as it no longer worked with picking up children with the longer distances to Liden or Kovland, as 2 and 4 miles away, which became the alternative.

Getting the preschool started again is extremely basic service that would really pave the way for population growth and moving to Holm.. Especially families with children. It would also mean a workplace in the village. That is exactly what the municipality in its rural program decided to work for. Since the preschool was put on hold, however, it is unclear how the municipality worked to bring about an opening of it again, if they worked for it at all. Today, one can also ask whether they even oppose an opening.

Anundgård is missing as an alternative. It is impossible for parents to know that it is dormant and can be reopened.

“Impossible” to register interest in the dormant preschool again
However, it seems very unclear whether Sundsvall municipality really wants to open the dormant preschool again. On their website where they publicly list all the municipality preschools, Anundgård is completely removed and also on the side where the parents via login page can apply for a preschool place for their children, they have removed the option “Anund Farm”. It also says nowhere that if it is currently dormant and can be opened if the number of children rises. In this way, the municipality has made that there is no natural way to find information or apply for a preschool place and thus be able to open the preschool again.


Holmbygdens Utveckling Association, HBU, works, among other things, for expanded service and moving in.

The association Holmbygdens Utveckling sought answers from the municipality
To find out what is really required to open the preschool in the village and how to behave, when there is no official way to know the preschool or apply for a place at it, searched HBU, Holm Appliance Development, response from the municipality.

Former principal of Anundgård's preschool (current principal of Liden and Indal), Anna Holter, said that they had talked about before 8 children to have a preschool running and meant that if there are around that number of children, it should be investigated whether it can be reopened.



Children and the Board of Education's governing principles (page 4) points out that there are conditions for an opening of the preschool in Holm.

In Children and the Education Administration governing principles the following can be read:
“If the number of children placed in a preschool is less than four, the children should be transferred to a nearby preschool. If the number of children in a preschool is between 5-10 Preschool activities may in part need to be conducted at a nearby preschool some days of the week.”
Namely, at more than 4 children, a preschool should be run at least part-time in Holm and if there are more than 10 children, there should definitely be one full-time.

It also says in the principles that “Account must be taken of the administration, the board or the municipality other decided governing documents”. One such is the Rural Development Program.

In addition to the Rural Development Program permeating the municipality's work to develop the countryside, it has also been chosen to focus extra on the development of the Holm area in particular., Indal and Liden with a so-called local council. In this local council, with both municipal politicians and local association representatives, Anundgård's importance of preschool for Holm has also been highlighted as the most important point for local development.

Baby boom and moving in provide a basis, but interested families with children are denied answers
As the municipality has not created a channel to be able to register interest in the preschool, said Anna Holter that parents can write to the placement officers' official email mailbox ( to inform the municipality about its interest in a preschool place at Anundgård's preschool, Holm.

As an administrative authority, children and the education administration have an obligation according to the Public Administration Act to provide citizens with service without undue delay. Answering emails and questions is a basic such service. If the municipality refuses or takes an unreasonably long time to respond, you can report to the Ombudsman, ALREADY. The Ombudsman can then criticize the municipality if they have breached their service obligation.

Authorities must provide the individual with such assistance that he or she can take care of his or her interests. The assistance shall be provided to the extent that is appropriate with regard to the nature of the issue, the individual's need for help and the authority's activities. It should be given without undue delay.

About ten parents in Holm wrote to Sundsvall municipality and expressed interest in a preschool place at Anundgård's preschool, but received no response
Under 2019-2020 has had a baby boom and the move of several families has taken place in Holm and today there is a basis for starting preschool again. Kommunen informerar dock inte föräldrar i Holm, or someone else for that matter, that the preschool could be reopened. As a result, Holmbygdens Utveckling contacted the parents this summer and told them where they could send their interest to the municipality..

Parents of young children in Holm who want a place for their children in preschool, receives no response from the municipality.

I augusti 2020 wrote parents to more than 10 children in Holm, with children who are 3 years or younger, to the Children and Education Administration that they were interested in a preschool place in Holm and asked when it could reopen. 8 of these children are also first-born and, as usual, they often have a few siblings within a few years. Now in January 2021, almost six months (!) later, For example, the parents have not received a response from the municipality of Sundsvall regarding the request for a preschool place..

In August, HBU also asked a number of questions about how they would proceed with the work of reopening the preschool, but there were no answers.


“Have not heard of all these children in Holm”
In November, when no feedback took place after three months, HBU again sought contact with the municipality. Operations Manager for the Northern Preschool Area, Mikael Nilsson Ryttlinger, said then that they had done a demographic survey in Holm and that it only existed 4 children in Holm. He did not know about all the children whose parents wrote to the preschool administrators and the administration, but referred further to the principal Anna Holter again. Anna Holter had also not heard of these children or seen any compilation and thought it was strange that the preschool administrators did not answer the parents who wrote to the children and the education administration.

Questions about the handling of expressions of interest are also not answered – despite legal requirements to answer citizens

.When HBU it 11:In November, the preschool administrators asked if they had made a compilation of all expressions of interest from Holm and if they had answered the parents' letter., then they do not answer.


The seventh of December, 17 days later without a response from the municipality, asked the association how it is with the answers to the questions they sent. Then a preschool administrator answered, without writing his own name as the sender in the email response, that he forwarded the questions to their business manager. (On a follow-up question about how it could take 17 days to respond “that they forwarded the questions”, when we emphasized that we wanted urgent answers and were immediately informed of the questions, we were referred further, The preschool administrators still did not respond today a month later.)

Until today, 11 January 2021, no operations manager or administrator has responded to either the association's or the parents' emails sent in August 2020 and thereafter.
The answers that have arrived on sent emails are only the municipality's email server that sounds good – “We will answer you as soon as we can”…

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Sundsvall Newspaper: They want to open a closed preschool in Holm: “An opportunity for families with children to stay”

Bird greetings from the Holm ornithologist: “A blow to the barn owl!”

Perfect location in an old pine tree near the edge of the bog!?

Slagugglan is a "Norrland owl" and the classic barn owl forest is a high-stemmed old-growth forest with pine, containing scattered, dead and stem-twisted stumps like, like chimneys, rises here and there. These stumps are hollow at the top and at the bottom of this hole the barn owl nests its nest.

Chimneys are now very rare in production- the forest, which means that the barn owl does not find habitat.
The chimney-like stumps left in SCA:s FSC-certified forestry does not become "barn owl chimneys" in the long run, but instead provides housing opportunities for hole-building seals and lots of insects in the long run. The barn owl chooses, in the absence of chimney stumps, happy to put big boxes on 3-5 m height. The entrance hole should be at least 20×20 cm and the bottom should be covered with shavings / chips up to 20 cm from the bottom.
The barn owl specializes in small rodents, in Medelpad mainly forest voles and water voles under volcanic peaks. The felling of modern forestry, sparse high-stemmed forest and bog edges are favorite hunting grounds.

Medelpadsornitologerna and SCA Skog AB / Stöde in collaboration in… “A blow to the barn owl!”

Holes of mold plate.

The undersigned has built 10 niches of mold plates. Together with the bird inventor Per Helttunen, Torpshammar, we have set them up in the forest management area Sundsvall / Stöde in the second half of October 2020. Some of the nests are set in Holm parish.

Peter Nilsson, predator expert at the County Administrative Board, has been an advisor for holkbygget, the choice of hollow areas and in other questions about the barn owl.
Emelie Westin, nature conservation specialist at SCA Skog in Stöde, is our contact in the "owl project".

A barn owl family with three cubs eats closer 300 kg sork (the weight of a moose!) during a peak year. The forest vole causes damage to small spruce- and pine plants in the felling plantations and is a good climber who forages in spruces and eats fresh shoots. A Finnish research study from 2017 showed that the small rodents cause forest damage in the neighboring country for approx 20 million Euros during a peak year.

It is an economic motive for something for SCA to take care of the great owls in their fields. Peter Nilsson would like a few hundred nests for barn owls and platforms for barn owls in Medelpad to ensure the viability of large owls in forests(use)the landscape.

Per fills the bottom with shavings.

The purpose is to help the barn owl with settlements in SCA:s production forest (not in nature reserves!). In the long term, the hope is that SCA themselves can help the barn owl through nest boxes in its forest lands.

Per and I follow up with annual breeding inspections during at least 5 year. Breeding is reported both to Artportalen and to the client Emelie Westin. One hope is that SCA will show species protection considerations when nesting takes place in, you. that you do not interfere with forestry near the nest between March and midsummer.
The responsible forest manager in the holka area has been given exact GPS positions for the holkar.



It is gratifying that for a couple of years now, more voluntary provisions have been made on the felling in Central Norrland than in other parts of the country., ie old trees are retained to a greater extent than before in the final fellings. If final felling takes place in a holk area, it is of course desirable that the holk tree and several surrounding trees are allowed to stand..

Peter at the County Administrative Board assists with advice during the project if necessary and will hopefully participate as a ring marker for nesting.

Extended collaboration on patch owl platforms

Ruvande lappuggla.

Now the Medelpads ornithologists have also expanded their collaboration with SCA 10 previously erected patch owl platforms on which the forest manager has received coordinates.
The barn owl is at least as big a predator on small rodents as the barn owl, if not larger. Five barn owl platforms are located in Holm parish.

Sorktopp next year?

It points to a sorghum peak 2021 in Mellersta Medelpad. Safe indicators of that are that:

  • our pair of barn owls near Navarn near Navarn returned in September after 2 years of absence and
  • our cat goes up something’ hecto a week since some time ago even though we keep her on a diet indoors!

But… there will be heavy rain with thaw in February, as below 2019-20, then the vultures die again. Then the owls go to the top of the field somewhere else or they do not go to nest. We keep our fingers crossed for a sork winter with shouting pearls, sparv, slag- and barn owls in the Holm area's forests.


Do you see any kind- or barn owl or have questions about owls in general, you are welcome to call the undersigned 070-5880994 or to Per Helttunen, Torpshammar, 070-2597883 or to Titti Olsson, Östbyn 070-6300617.

Peter and inventory morning at 03:50.

Bird greetings
/Peter Berglund, hobbyornitolog Navarn


PS. Titti Olsson, Östbyn, and I will return with a summary of the bird year 2020 on in December. We have been contacted by several Holmbor during the year who have seen both "one and the other"….


“Little love” – New single by Holm's own artist Jessica Falk

Now you can watch Jessica Falk's new music video for the new Nashville single “Little love” and perhaps the song fits extra well in times like these with isolation and distance. Jessica describes the song as one “feel good”-song that she co-wrote with the American country artist Jenn Bostic.

Little love with Jessica Falk from Holm.

Jessica: “The idea came at a difficult time…”
– The idea for the text came about when I was in a period that was difficult and Jenn and I thought about what it is because some people can say anything without filters, pure rudeness sometimes. My answer was: “I believe that everyone needs love to be able to feel comfortable with themselves and their own lives”. That is why it is so important to live your life and not regret it. That's what the song is about.

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