The local government of the 5th district (Belváros) of Budapest planted three trees in Szomory Dezső Square. The trees cost more than 100 million while Hungary and all local governments are struggling with the energy and economic crisis. The leadership of the Belváros says the trees are huge and will provide shade next summer, but the opposition believes only the sums are extra-size. Decide it for yourself: we present a photo of the trees below.
According to rtl.hu, the extra-size trees were planted last week in the soil of the Dezső Szomory Square, one of the iconic meeting points of Budapest’s downtown. Using the Stockholm method, the procedure costs multiple times more than traditional tree planting. Főkert, Budapest’s central green management company, said the method is worth utilising when planting lines of trees.
The method’s biggest advantage is that the trees will be healthier and live 2-3 times longer. However, the costs are sky-high. In this particular case, the following items were included in the more than EUR 320 thousand:
- purchasing the three trees: EUR 75,000
- planting with the Stockholm method: EUR 75,000
- automatic irrigation system, the revamp of the electric system: EUR 100,000
- additional administration, architectural, design and control measures: EUR 27,000.
The deadline for the project is 30 April. The local government said the trees would provide shade for the residents next summer.
Here is the RTL’s photo of a tree the local government talked about as an “extra-size tree”:
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