Hedge maple (Acer campestre), one of the species being planted in this project.

Hedge maple (Acer campestre), one of the species being planted in this project. Credit: Robert Vidéki, Doronicum Kft., Bugwood.org

Székesfehérvár, Hungary

Székesfehérvár, Hungary. Credit: Photobeppus/Flickr

Location:
Székesfehérvár, Hungary

Key Activities:

  • Planting 145 trees across three urban locations
  • Enhancing recreation opportunities for city residents

Project Description:
Alcoa Foundation and American Forests are partnering with the city of Székesfehérvár to plant 145 trees across a total of five acres to improve recreation areas for the city’s residents.

Why This Project:
Székesfehérvár, Hungary, is home to more than 100,000 people, who rely on urban forests for physical and emotional well-being. This project is focused on enhancing these recreational spaces for the benefit of the city’s residents by planting trees in Halesz Park, a popular destination in the middle of a residential zone; along Selyem Street, a popular pedestrian zone; and in a park next to Horog Street, which is also home to several ponds. Some of these locations are currently devoid of trees, creating unpleasant outdoor experiences in the summer, and others have trees that are unhealthy and need to be removed for public safety reasons. This project is helping create a safe, healthy urban forest for the residents of Székesfehérvár.

Why Urban Parks:
It’s estimated that more than 20,000 people visit Székesfehérvár’s parks each year, and with this project, city officials are hoping to increase that number by five percent. By increasing tree coverage along sidewalks and other paths, the city is creating safe and pleasant locations for walking, which will, in turn, reduce car usage and pollution. Székesfehérvár’s parks are also popular destinations for schools, as classes visit the parks for nature studies and for physical fitness.

Interested in the other Hungary reforestation projects in which we’ve been involved? Check out our Hungary Global ReLeaf projects.