Rome is going from green to greener

The City of Rome keeps on going greener. Mayor Virginia Raggi announced that more than 2,500 new trees will be planted throughout the city by the end of this year.

The total cost of the tree planting project is €1.4 million. It officially began last week and, besides planting new trees, Rome will also remove stumps and dead trees around the City.

The planting scheme will focus on parks, villas, gardens and tree-lined roads, with the most suitable trees selected based on the site.

Mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi said: “A record number of trees will be planted within a few months and this project which will also reduce the air pollution. The trees will be planted in those areas that have remained empty for decades, which will finally be filled and will bring greenery back to many streets of the capital.”

Rome’s councillor for green policies, Laura Fiorini, underlined the administration’s environmentally-friendly credentials and said that 2,500 trees would absorb more than six tons of carbon dioxide a year.

This news is especially welcomed by all those who are getting very concerned for the city’s pine trees which are under threat from the pine tortoise scale insect, a deadly parasite that is decimating the pine population in south-central Italy. Regarding this matter, City of Rome recently undertook trials to save 200 umbrella pines around the Circus Maximus area as private firms carry out numerous interventions on trees around the city, especially in the world-famous garden, Giardino degli Aranci.

 

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