Split Goes Green: 500 New Trees to be Planted this Year

Daniela Rogulj

While one side of Split will see some 20,000 trees chopped down thanks to a bug that infested Marjan Hill, the city’s Parks and Horticulture announced the first ambitious tree-planting after many years, and even decades, reports Slobodna Dalmacija on March 11, 2019. 

Namely, by the end of 2019, this utility company intends to plant 500 trees, 3,200 bushes and shrubs and 4,100 perennial plants, as confirmed by Gordan Tahirbegović, head of the Department of Urban Greenery at Parks and Horticulture.

Saša Franjkić took over the leadership of the city company 15 months ago and works under the motto “chop down one, plant two“. Franjkić emphasized that planting new greenery is one of the priorities of their work. 

Currently, Parks and Horticulture are in the final stages of planting trees at Bačvice, where 50 trees were replaced by new ones.

“By the end of this year, we plan to arrange Matoševa street in Spinut, or replace the old trees with lime trees. There will be 83 trees planted, and in agreement with the City, the sidewalk will be repaired,” Tahirbegović adds.

In addition to Matoševa, due to old age, the silver birch trees should be replaced by some other trees at both Rendića street and Sukoišanska, and Franjkić even announced new trees in Stobreč. 

On Poljička road in the center island, the missing shrubs will be supplemented, while on Vukovarska between the shopping malls Mall of Split and City Center One, 1000 new oleander shrubs will be planted. 

The park at Karamana street, the Park of Defenders at Banovina, the Park of Emanuel Vidović, Đardin and the West Riva will be revived with perennial plants.  

This year, Parks and Horticulture took over the maintenance of the green areas in front of the Tourist Palace. In that area, they will install a water system, meaning that dried grass in the summer months will become a thing of the past.

In early April, Tahirbegović will announce decorating the green areas on the Riva, or the switching plants after the winter months. 

To conclude, it is interesting to note that given the current state of Marjan, there are no dangerous pests on pine trees in Split’s green areas, such as the Turkish tower, Sustipan or Zvončac, reveals Parks and Horticulture. 

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