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Over 8,000 trees to reduce the number of empty tree beds

More than 8,000 trees are to be planted around the city’s districts between now and the end of 2023. The planting campaign gets under way now, with teams from Parks and Gardens to get support as part of the city’s maintenance plan Cuidem Barcelona. The campaign comes in addition to an exercise to plant over 55,000 plants and flowers in the spring this year.

06/10/2022 - 17:02 h - Environment and sustainability Ajuntament de Barcelona

Citywide checks were carried out in the last quarter of 2021 with a view to reducing the number of empty tree beds. The exercise counted 8,911 empty beds, 465 of which will be paved over due to services running underneath them or other impediments making it unfeasible to plant trees in them.

Planting campaigns are organised according to the time of year and type of tree (cold or warm climates). A number of variables come into play between the removal of a tree and the planting of another in the same tree bed, such as the task of felling the tree, removing the trunk and roots, the availability of specific trees (category and species), the location and specific time of year for planting etc.

Want to look after a tree bed?

In parallel, the “Cuida l’escocell” initiative has been running since the end of 2021 and encourages citizens to look after up to three tree beds in the city. Participants should be over 18 and live, study or work in Barcelona, make a commitment to carry out maintenance for at least a year, follow the instructions of a technical guide on planting tree beds and provide an annual update for monitoring purposes.

The campaign “Cap escocell sense abre” (No tree bed without a tree) and the extra tree-planting exercise from the Cuidem Barcelona Plan meet the goals set out in the Nature Plan 2021-2030 to boost greenery and biodiversity in the city.