Paradise Nature Reserve is located in Hanveden in Huddinge municipality on Södertörn in Stockholm County. The reserve covers an area of 758.7 hectares, of which 712.5 ha are forests and marshes, 25.7 ha are fields and pastures, and 20.5 ha are water. The nature reserve "Paradiset" was established in 2002 by Huddinge municipality, but as early as 1953 the nature here was called "Paradiset", which was then owned by the City of Stockholm, was inaugurated. Through Paradise you can find several long hiking trails pass, including the Sörmland Trail and the Hudding Trail.
Highland pine forests cover most of the area, but there are also pine forests, deciduous forests and marshes. The forest has been largely unaffected for the last 100 years. Parts of the area have been classified as primeval forest in the County Administrative Board's forest inventory.
Forests are so much more than a collection of trees. Forests are home to 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity. These ecosystems are complex webs of organisms that include plants, animals, fungi and bacteria. Forests take many forms, depending on their latitude, local soil, rainfall and prevailing temperatures. Coniferous forests are dominated by cone-bearing trees, like pines and firs that can thrive in northern latitudes where these forests are often found. Many temperate forests house both coniferous and broad-leafed trees, such as oaks and elms, which can turn beautiful shades of orange, yellow and red in the fall.
At the village in the area there are remnants of cultivated landscapes, where and at some beach meadows, flowers thrive. At Paradise there is a meadow where many of the plants so typical of the cultural land remain. Some of these vascular plants are very rare today. Late summer's incredibly rich bloom of meadow lure attracts all the nectar-sucking butterflies of the area.
In the reserve there is a strong population of the capercaillie birds. However when there is a risk that people will harm them, their favorite places are not disclosed. Frogs and ducks thrive in the lakes and wetlands. The butterfly fauna at Paradise is rich and with a number of unusual finds of day butterflies and meters. Some examples of exciting butterfly species that can be found at Paradise are midsummer blue wing, violet-edged gold wing, and brownish twilight swarm.
Forests are essential for life on earth. Three hundred million people worldwide live in forests and 1.6 billion depend on them for their livelihoods. Forests also provide habitat for a vast array of plants and animals, many of which are still undiscovered.
Outdoor activities are important throughout the year. There are lots of interesting things to do in the forest, whoever you are: hiking, photography, collecting cones, listening to birds, climbing trees, and camping.
For shorter walks you can take a trip to Lake Trehörningen, a total of two kilometers. You then follow the Sameslingan north from Paradise. For longer trips, you can combine Paradise's trails, the stretches of the Sörmland Trail and the small roads in the area. If you go outside the marked paths, you should have a proper map. See about different maps on the map and images page. Prepared resting places can be found at Paradise, at the lakes Trehörningen and at Långsjön
The forest's appearance changes quite a bit through the seasons. Sometimes tree flowers, fruit, or colors attract us to the woods. Forests also serve as shelter and food for a variety of animals. If you scrape rotten wood or dig around in the soil, you'll discover many living organisms.
Paradiset cottage is mentioned in Huddinge house interrogation lengths for the first time in 1830. The name is not found on older maps.
Cottage belonged to Lissma farm until 1915. Laundry activities were conducted here from before 1920, at which time the last inhabitants Knut Otto Waxin and his wife Gerda Sofia Lindström with their two-year-old daughter, took over place from Gustaf Leonard Waxin. When they moved from the cottage in 1937, there was in addition to the cottage, a small hut, a stable and a barn building. Mr.Waxin has built has built them all by himself.
In 1937, the village was bought by Councilman Olov Thunegard, who used it as a recreational home for himself and his family until 1950 when it was sold.
The City of Stockholm bought the "Lissmafastigheterna" in 1951 which included Paradise, among other things. In 1953, the Outdoor People's Cooperation Committee was given the opportunity to rent and manage the site for a symbolic sum of SEK 5 per year. In June 1953, the village was opened as a rest cottage and started to rent to hikers for overnight stays.
In 2003, the Outdoor People's Cooperation Committee was transformed into the Friends Paradise Paradise association. On July 1, 2009, Huddinge Municipality took over ownership and the landlordship from Stockholm.