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Tampere draws up urban tree policy

The guidelines are based on several of the Finnish city’s strategic goals, programmes, policies and operating models, including its aim to be carbon neutral by 2030.

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The tree policy aims to help Tampere increase biodiversity as well as improve the cityscape
The tree policy aims to help Tampere increase biodiversity as well as improve the cityscape

The city of Tampere has begun scoping out an urban tree policy to increase knowledge about the importance of urban trees and to safeguard their wellbeing for future generations.

 

In addition, the aim of the policy is to direct the diversity of trees to be planted as well as the associated ecological, aesthetic and cultural values.

 

Guiding principles

 

The city tree policy guides the principles of use and care of trees in public parks, street areas and real estate yards. It also sets out to provide advice and guidance on the use of yard trees on private properties.

 

Tampere points out that most of the urban forest that produces a green cityscape grows in the courtyards of private properties. Therefore, it is important to support and encourage property owners to care for and increase their own woodland.

 

Urban green is an integral part of a comfortable urban space. Urban trees can be used to produce an “expressive, distinctive and sensory green urban environment”, the city notes. Trees also sequester carbon dioxide and fine particles in the air, produce oxygen, treat stormwater, and promote the livelihoods of animals living in the city by providing shelter and food.

“The city’s tree guidelines are based on several of the city’s strategic goals, programmes, policies and operating models.”

“The city’s tree guidelines are based on several of the city’s strategic goals, programmes, policies and operating models. They set goals to increase biodiversity, improve the cityscape, produce a good living environment and preserve Tampere’s cultural history,” said Jyrki Lehtimäki, environmental designer.

 

“Tampere also aims to be carbon neutral by 2030. The urban tree policy supports the achievement of these goals.”

 

The city is also challenging residents to highlight trees that are important and significant to themselves. During the months of May and June, residents can mark the trees that are important to them on a map with pictures and stories. In the map survey, residents can also identify locations where they think more trees are needed.

 

The urban tree line is scheduled for completion during the summer of 2020 when the policy will be submitted to the city council for approval.

 

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