With the participation of László Papp, Mayor of Debrecen, and Erzsébet Katona, the municipal representative of the area, the tree planting programme in the Kismacs district of Debrecen continued on the 14th of November 2023.
Speaking at the event, László Papp said that the recent economic development processes in the city have had a very significant impact on the districts of Kismacs and Nagymacs. For example, the section near Kismacs has recently completed the four-lane section of the main road 33, which will continue towards Látókép next year. According to the mayor, the idea of making Kismacs the ideal location for a new city-wide planting project was born from a commitment to nature. The programme, which will see the municipality plant a total of 10,000 trees in Debrecen, was launched in spring 2019. So far, more than 8,100 trees have been planted, and the 10,000 mark will be reached in spring next year. In addition to tree planting in all parts of the city, a tree protection programme is also underway.
An important part of any major economic development programme is ensuring that the environment is maintained optimally. According to László Papp, thousands of trees will be planted in the Northwestern Economic Zone as part of the protection programme, which will also affect Kismacs, Nagymacs and Józsa. Of course, there will be similar actions in the Southern Economic Zone: several hectares will be reforested in the coming months. So, the number of trees planted in the city since 2019 will be well over 10,000. In this way, Debrecen will be worthy of the environment left to us by our predecessors. Debrecen is one of the most densely forested cities in the country: more than 34% of its administrative area – over 2,000 hectares – is forest, and the current tree planting will contribute to this forest cover.
According to Erzsébet Katona, a local representative in the area, it is also very important to plant new trees in Kismacs to capture carbon dioxide and particulate matter from surrounding farmland.
Today, a total of 137 trees were planted in Kismacs with the help of children and adults so that everyone can take ownership of the greening of the neighbourhood. Of course, this is not the first and will not be the last tree planting in Kismacs – 23 more trees will be planted in 3 streets in the district later this autumn. The Northwestern Economic Zone will see the planting of 3,000 trees and 50,000 shrubs as part of the regeneration of the zone.
Source and photo credit: debrecen.hu