A town in northern Macedonia is planning to plant thousands of roses to rid its soil of dangerous industrial pollution. The soil in Veles, a town with a population of 50,000, has seven times more than the international safety limit of heavy metal content.
Residents are also seeking redress in a protracted lawsuit against the government, which they accuse of failing to properly tackle the 30-year-old issue.
“The situation is not just worrying – it is truly alarming,” said Nenad Kocic, president of Vila Zora, a grassroots group that campaigns for a healthier environment. “The heavy metal content exceeds international limits and is devastating for health.”