DKAS Slovenia published ‘City of Trees’ brochure

DKAS Slovenia published ‘City of Trees’ brochure

In order to contribute to the development of good tree management practices in the urban environment, the Society of Landscape Architects of Slovenia prepared and implemented the City of Trees project in 2023 with the support of the Climate Program Network for Space. The goal of the City of Trees project was to encourage the development and use of tree records as a tool for comprehensive and integrated management of trees in the urban environment. For this purpose, the DKAS working group prepared an overview of municipal tree records and an insight into their use, highlighted good practices and formulated recommendations for action.

With the aim of determining the status of tree records in Slovenian settlements, we prepared a survey for Slovenian municipalities as part of the project. In the period between September 18 and October 14, 2023, a total of 75 out of 212 municipalities (35% of municipalities), including all city municipalities (12) and most of the larger municipalities (20 out of 22 municipalities with approx. 20,000 inhabitants or more). The questionnaire was forwarded to municipalities with a request to fill it in regardless of the state of their records. We also wanted to gain as much insight as possible into the reasons for (not) establishing and keeping records, as well as potential problems that municipalities face in this area.

As part of the project, on November 9, 2023, we held the DKAS Urban Trees and Green Areas workshop, which, in addition to the presentation of the working results of the survey, was aimed at sharing knowledge and expert discussion on the topic of (managing) trees in the urban environment. At the practicum, the participating landscape architects presented their professional experience - from the way of including trees in the early stages of spatial and urban planning, to the technical details of planting trees in an urban environment.

The central event of the Tree Record as a Management and Communication Tool project, intended for municipal representatives and other interested members of the public, took place on November 21, 2023 in the premises of the Chamber of Architecture and Space and online. At the beginning, the findings of the survey were presented, which in several parts indicate the deviation of the state of tree records in Slovenia from the recommendations in principle, and at the same time show the general sympathy and interest of the municipalities in the mentioned topic. In the following round table, the participating experts (arborist, landscape architect and representatives of municipalities and public utilities) presented the usefulness of working tree records for their work - both for regular maintenance and management as well as planning for future plantings, and based on their experience, gave guidelines for improving the situation.

Key findings regarding the state of tree records in Slovenia, together with an overview of (good) urban tree management practices and a set of recommendations for further action, have been collected in the publication Tree records as a tool for comprehensive and connected management of trees in the urban environment - situation in Slovenian municipalities. The publication is intended to encourage discussion on the importance of records and to raise awareness of the importance of professional planning and management of trees in an urban environment, and as such is primarily intended for representatives of municipalities in charge of managing green areas and decision-makers at both local and national levels.

The ‘City of Trees’ project of the Association of Landscape Architects of Slovenia is part of the Climate Actions of the Climate Network Program, which is co-financed by the Eco Fund and the Ministry of Environment, Climate and Energy from the Climate Change Fund. The project leaders are solely responsible for the opinions presented and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Energy, the Eco Fund js or the project partners.

Photo: Luka Vidic
Photo: Luka Vidic


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