Zagreb: Plant a tree, don’t be a stump!

Mayor of Zagreb Tomislav Tomašević took part in the national campaign “Plant a tree, don’t be a stump!” in the city where 56 tree seedlings got planted. The main goal of the campaign is to develop environmental awareness of climate change and encourage citizens to preserve the environment.

Mayor Tomašević stressed:  “With this action, we provide our citizens with more green areas and shade, provide shelter to various animal species, contribute to the preservation of biodiversity, and thus raise the quality of life of the citizens of the City of Zagreb”.

Birch, mulberry, maple and many other species got planted together with volunteers and citizens, as well as employees of the Zrinjevac branch, public company which maintains public and other green areas, children’s playgrounds, sports and recreational facilities. 

Mateja-Anđelina Kramar, president and founder of the Association, said: “One tree can absorb up to 25 kilograms of harmful emissions per year, and strategic planting of trees in urban and other areas lowers the temperature by five to eight degrees, especially in the summer. We do not just want to imagine what a green future could be, we are realizing it step by step, tree by tree, while our citizens can be part of change and the key to success.”

Mayor Tomašević also said that one of the city’s goals is to increase the number of trees in Zagreb by 20 percent by the end of 2024: “Today, about 34,000 trees are growing in Zagreb, Zrinjevac has planted about 1,000 new trees this year, and as many more are planned by the end of the year. We plan to plant over 2,000 park and tree-lined trees every year”.

Since the first activity of the Association until today, more than 150,000 trees and other plants have been planted in Croatia. With the new round of the campaign, the Association continues to raise awareness of environmental challenges and the importance of green areas and forests and ecological activities of local communities.

 

Photo credit: City of Zagreb official website