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Bratislava welcomes the beginning of its 10,000 trees initiative

Bratislava welcomes the beginning of its 10,000 trees initiative

The goal of the tree-planting project is to preserve the local flora and fauna and improve the city’s climate resilience

Earlier last week, the Slovak capital of Bratislava heralded the beginning of a massive tree-planting project – namely, the 10,000 trees initiative. The goal of the project is not only to restore the local environment to its former glory but to also boost the city’s climate resilience and lessen its environmental impact.

Helping nature expand

The 10,000 trees initiative is a structured plan for the systematic restoration of Bratislava’s woodwork. Over the course of 2019, the local government planted over a thousand trees – more than the 4 previous years combined. The new initiative, however, will see the planting of 10,000 trees by 2022, while simultaneously creating new city alleys.

"In summer, trees protect our city from overheating, improve air quality, mitigate the effects of torrential rains and provide a refuge for animals and important insects. The streets with trees are more beautiful and we simply feel more comfortable in them. Greenery is, therefore, one of our priorities, " said the mayor of Bratislava Matúš Vallo.

The main planting season part of the initiative will begin at the start of October before the first snows fall. A 2nd round is also being made ready for November. According to officials, those will be the perfect periods for trees to be planted as the conditions will allow the saplings to quickly take root.

Furthermore, together with the city’s districts, Bratislava is gearing up for a "passportization" of greenery (e.g. the creation of a unified registration system for greenery), which will provide an overview of the city’s woods. Not only that, but the municipality is also working alongside the Metropolitan Institute of Bratislava on the creation of a green care manual - an open document that will bring professional solutions and procedures focused on the sustainable planting of trees and their care in urban areas.



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