Although many trees are being chopped down along the ring road in Groningen, nearly 400 more trees were planted by the municipality than were cut down in the past four years.
According to OOG TV, despite appearances to the contrary, a report on the trees in the city found that there has been a net gain in the number of trees planted by the municipality. But that balance does not extend to trees on private property: 4,300 permits were granted to cut down trees on private property, but only 2,700 trees were planted in their place.
The Groningen Internet Courant writes that 50 linden trees along the southern section of the ring road have been relocated to a “tree hotel” on the Winschoterweg until construction on the highway is complete. The Vondellaan is hosting 17 replanted trees, and more trees are set to move to the Winschoterweg later this year.
There were 264 diseased chestnut trees cut down in the past four years in the city. The municipality of Groningen is working together with the University of Wageningen to find ways to fight the disease, for example heat treatment and injections of garlic juice.