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A thousand new trees in Bologna: a green heritage against pollution

“Over the past five years, Bologna's arboreal balance has grown by 6,000 trees, going from 79,000 to 85,000 trees. A certainly positive balance, which goes hand in hand with new projects, a careful maintenance of urban green and the development plans that we share with the other Municipalities of the Metropolitan City. Good news to close a year that has raised, also because of the pandemic, the issue of environmental sustainability in administrative action ".


These are mayor Virginio Merola’s words about the latest intervention, at the end of 2020, of planting over a thousand new trees in the city. Hedge maples, ash trees, lindens, elm trees, and some particularly suggestive non-native species, such as ginkgo and liquidambar, which will adorn parks and gardens.


The new plantations are part of the proposal for improvement formulated by the successful bidder in the tender for the multi-year maintenance of the public green in Bologna. These are young but already formed plants (with a height of little more than 2 meters), chosen among the most effective species in the fight against pollution.


That of a thousand trees is, however, just the first step on a path that includes interventions also in the following three years, with a similar number of plants split into groups of about fifty specimens for each of the selected green areas. Among the areas concerned in the various districts: Renato Fava park in the Borgo Panigale-Reno district, San Pellegrino park in Porto-Saragozza, Parco dei Cedri (Savena), Lunetta Gamberini park (Santo Stefano), Kolletzek garden in Navile, and San Donnino park in the San Donato – San Vitale district.


But that’s not all. There are about three thousand trees that could be planted in some neighbouring Municipalities of Bologna, thanks to urban reforestation projects nominated by the Metropolitan City, now submitted to the competent Ministry, and financed with 15 million euros. The projects concern Bosco del Frullo in Granarolo (over a thousand trees would be planted here), the parking space of the former station and the Veneta cycle path  in Medicina (over 500 trees and shrubs), the industrial area in Minerbio (750 arboreal elements), and the area of ​​via Tomba Forella in San Lazzaro (480 trees and shrubs).
VEG-GAP Project - LIFE18 PRE IT 003
Duration: December 2018 - May 2022
Total Budget: 1,666,667 Euro
European Financial Contribution: 1,000,000 Euro
Coordinated by Mihaela Mircea, ENEA (IT)