Some marvelous trees in the Sava residential district of Ljubljana, Source: Ljubljana Municipality

Ljubljana gets recognition as Tree City for third year in a row

Ljubljana gets recognition as Tree City for third year in a row

The Slovenian capital is keen to present itself as a great place for greenery

Yesterday, the municipal website of the City of Ljubljana announced that the Slovenian capital had been awarded the title of Tree City for 2021 by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). This happened for the third year in a row.

The recognition places Ljubljana among the esteemed company of world cities that are distinguished as being great living places for their “rooted” residents. In addition, Slovenia is the only Eastern European country to have Tree Cities on its territory. Apart from Ljubljana, the town of Kočevje is the other Slovenian entry into the environmental club.

Ljubljana was also the Green Capital of Europe in 2016

Back in 2016, Ljubljana was the Green Capital of Europe, and it seems that the title was not just a one-off ephemeral event but the start of a very conscious environmental mentality on part of the authorities to uphold and continue promoting the city in relation to greenery into the future.

In 2021, the city administration allocated more than one hundred thousand euros more funds for trees when compared to 2020. That means an increase of almost 25 percent, mainly for the expense of planting new trees and pruning. We also paid additional attention to involving different public groups in raising awareness and caring for trees. Those included schools, kindergartens and individuals.

Last year, the city’s greenery workers planted 1,080 trees, and this spring they will plant around 280 new trees as part of the “For a Better Ljubljana” campaign.

In this year's application for the title, the authorities additionally highlighted the number of people involved in awareness-raising activities and described the positive consequences of the "Tree City" titles. They also expressed the willingness of the city tree team to share its experience in certain areas with other cities that have also received this title and show interest in gaining the experience.

We are convinced that the exchange of good practices and experiences can make an important contribution to improving approaches to the care and maintenance of trees and the management of urban forests, and thus to a better quality of life in cities,” reads a statement from the Ljubljana municipal website on the occasion.



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