AntwerpThe city of Antwerp has a new tree plan and a new grass plan to increase the green volume of the city. Where possible, the city creates additional space for long-lived trees: the trees of the future. For lawns, the emphasis is on ecological management with fewer mowing sessions. This creates “sought after grass”, meadows with a greater wealth of plant species.
With the tree plan, the city has a guideline for the sustainable management of trees in the public domain of Antwerp. In doing so, the city pays attention not only to the space for trees above the ground, but also to the necessary underground root space. This determines the condition of the trees. If the trees have sufficient space above and below the ground, they can grow into future trees, which can be up to 120 years old. In this way, they become green monuments in a built environment. The city now has more than 500 trees for the future, but wants to systematically increase this number. This is done by planting new trees, but also by improving existing trees.
With the new grass plan, the city is emphasizing the ecological management of meadows. Not all lawns are suitable for this, but where possible and desirable, the number of mowing sessions is limited. Herbaceous plants have more opportunities in this “sought after herb”. This gives more room for insects, which in turn attract more birds.
Alderman for greenery Fons Duchateau: “By providing sufficient growth space for trees, we create taller trees and more green volume. And by managing our grass smarter, we increase its ecological value. This new plan of trees and grass contributes to a more pleasant and greener living environment. Everyone benefits from it. “
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