Vegetation (or greenery) is an integral part of the urban structure and is often considered an indispensable and enriching component of the urban environment. It is more than just an architectural complement; it also helps to create a characteristic image of the city.
In the context of global warming and climate change, the environmental aspects of urban vegetation are of increasing importance. Plant cover mitigates the impacts of extreme temperatures and traps dirt. Trees provide shade and cooler temperatures, and they play a role in microclimatic indicators.
Greenery in the urban environment requires maintenance which is not of a uniform nature but which is rather sensitively designed and implemented. Areas with an adjusted cutting frequency are not a sign of neglected maintenance. On the contrary, they are a symbol that they are connected with the natural environment and they are a symbol of consideration for bees and other pollinators. Every country – and hence every city – needs to maintain and create a healthy environment for its residents to live in. And this simply cannot be done without trees and green spaces. Urban landscapes form part of the green infrastructure, and, in some cases, they even surpass the surrounding monotonous agricultural landscapes and commercial forest land in terms of species richness.
The Urban Greenery Department
The department methodically supervises the maintenance of greenery and ensures its creation and the revitalisation of existing green areas and tree plantations in the areas under the direct management of the city.
It issues permits in accordance with the city's generally binding ordinances on carrying out excavation works. It also issues consents for the use of public space related to construction activities as well as expert opinions on project documentation from the standpoint of nature and landscape protection.