Copenhagen agrees plan for multimillion spend on 28,000 new trees

Copenhagen municipality's environmental council has approved a 300 million kroner ($45 million) plan for almost 28,000 new trees to be planted in the city.

Copenhagen agrees plan for multimillion spend on 28,000 new trees

The plan falls in with the city's target to plant 100,000 trees by 2025, with the first 17,000 already having been given root since 2015.

A plan for the implementation of the next 27,704 trees fell into place with Copenhagen Municipality’s Technology and Environment Committee Tuesday.

“I expected nothing else, since all relevant parties have said that they want more trees in the city and a greener Copenhagen. And it’s also what Copenhageners want. So this is a good reflection of the fact that we’re going in that direction,” head technology and environment representative Morten Kabell of the Red Green Alliance (Enhedslisten) party told Politiken.

Although the plan is now officially approved, it may take some time for the 27,704 new trees to spring up around the streets of Copenhagen, given the high price of the plan.

Financing for the plan must now be secured during negotiations for the municipality’s budget in the autumn.

“It will be exciting to see. It is obviously not so realistic to just find a nine-figure sum in one go. But there’s an understanding that this will cost money. If we want a city with more trees, it is going to cost money,” Kabell said.

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The Social Democrat party said that it also supported the green initiative and more trees in the city, but could not promise the large amount of funding that would be needed.

“I did not recommend 100,000 trees in 2025 or nearly 28,000 trees in three years. I don’t want to make targets that way if the money is not there. We have not committed ourselves to how much money can be used on trees,” Jakob Hougaard, who represents the party on the technology and environment committee, told Politiken Saturday.

Despite the price, Kabell remains convinced that a green city is an important priority.

“Green is good for all of us, and that is reflected by the huge support Copenhageners have for roadside trees. We want to have something green to look at. It is good for the eyes. It is good for the environment. In reality, it’s also good for climate,” the technology and environment committee chairperson said.

69 percent of Copenhagen residents would like more green in urban areas, according to a survey carried out by Copenhagen Municipality.