New and innovative project for Rotterdam’s greenery


The Dutch city of Rotterdam, led by mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, has launched an innovative pilot project with a goal of keeping its residents well informed about the latest urban developments. QR codes were placed on some 100 trees that are declining and therefore need to be removed. 

This way, local people and Rotterdam visitors are able to see why exactly the tree is being felled, and also object to the decision. QR codes were immediately placed on the dying trees in the city’s Charlois district, but the initiative is set to soon spread to other parts of Rotterdam if the trial project proves successful.

In total there are 16,282 trees in Charlois and its surroundings, of which one hundred are declining and will therefore be removed in the upcoming period. This only concerns the trees that are dead or unable to recover, and as such, those pose a risk to residents’ safety. It involves a broad variety of tree species, each with its own flaw or death cause.

The municipality of Rotterdam carefully monitors trees in the city throughout the whole year. Only after it’s determined that a particular tree cannot be saved, it can get pruned or removed. The rest of the trees, on the other hand, continue to be checked regularly. The city has also launched a special map that shows which trees in public areas are no longer healthy.

Whenever possible, the municipality replaces the tree that was removed with a new one, though not immediately. Every summer, all areas where a tree has been removed are examined, in order to assess where a new one can be planted. As a result, a ‘tree replacement map’ is then developed and made public every year in September.

According to the city’s website, more than 700 different types of trees can be found along Rotterdam‘s streets, canals, as well as in squares, parks and public gardens. With the latest initiative, the city has once again demonstrated how committed it is to making the city more sustainable and livable for everyone. (photo credit Peter H/Pixabay)