GoGreenRoutes – implementing nature based solutions
What is the aim of the GoGreenRoutes project?
The aim of the GoGreenRoutes project is to recognise the existing natural and cultural values of Vormsi park’s green area through site-specific green solutions. Our purpose is to maintain and diversify the green area by making it more accessible and pleasant so that all residents can spend their free time there. Through the project we anticipate to increase environmental awareness, establish an educational study environment and promote a healthy lifestyle. In addition, it is important to foster collective action and a sense of community – in order to achieve this, we are designing the green area in cooperation with local residents, education institutions and other organisations in the district. Besides the locals, we are involving various specialists in the environment and wellbeing field so that the final solution is well-thought out and in accordance with site-specific needs.
Why is Tallinn participating?
Through the project Tallinn is able to experiment with innovative green solutions and share its experience with other participating European cities, among them almost 40 project partners such as Versailles, Burgas and Limerick. We can especially learn from our partners which have similar climatic conditions and are engaging in similar project activities, such as Lahti and Umea. The project enables us to participate in various (international) training sessions and networking events, through which we are increasing the knowledge and competences of all parties and supporting the realisation of European Green Capital 2023. We can also use and scale tested green solutions as well as participatory planning processes as an example for future urban projects.
What area does the project focus on?
For the setting of this project, we have chosen the Vormsi green area located in Lasnamäe, the largest residential district in Tallinn. Nehatu Primary School was established here in the 1930s, but only the foundation has remained till today. The school area itself used to have beehives and a fruit tree garden, from which an abundance of different apple, cherry, plum and creek trees still grow. The landscape and the fruit tree garden that was formed at that time serves as the main reference point for our current plans and further developments of the area. At the moment the green area can be seen as urban wilderness that has been unfortunately neglected and unmaintained. However it remains a valued urban nature and leisure spot by locals.
Next to the green there is a playground with different possibilities for active pastime for children and families. The area is located nearby residential apartment buildings and various education institutions which provide opportunities to engage different target groups.
The project's lead partner is Ireland, other participants are: Bulgaria, Georgia, Spain, Malta, France, Sweden, Germany and Finland.
The project duration is 1 September 2020 – 31 August 2024
The project's home page can be found here: gogreenroutes.eu
GoGreenRoutes activities could be also followed in Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vormsipark
20 January 2022 – Planning Intervention Workshop will determine this years' activities within the "GoGreenRoutes" project
30 November 2021 – GoGreenRoutes project's initial cooperation network is formed
25 February 2021 – GoGreenRoutes official web page has been completed
Aado Altmets (project manager)
Irma Remma (project coordinator)
Maria Derlõš (expert on co-creation and urban nature)
Kadri Hunt (expert on healthcare)
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