International project GoGreenRoutes is focused on nature-based solutions that could help alleviate the effects of urbanisation and climate change, as air pollution is one of the largest environmental risks in cities that also directly effects the health of citizens.
In Tallinn, the project activities are aimed at Vormsi park and its renovation. Vormsi park is located in Lasnamäe, between Narva road, Läänemere street and Vormsi street. In the 1930s, the park became a home for Nehatu Elementary School – now, only a skeleton of a building remains. The school territory was decorated by a garden of fruit trees, of which many apple, cherry and plum trees still remain. This garden is considered the seed that will grow into our current plans.
The goal of GoGreenRoutes is to create a greenspace that would become a pleasant recreational area for all citizens nearby irrespective of their age, cultural, linguistic or social background. A community city garden is planned for the space, a concept that is gaining popularity in several large cities around the world. Urban gardens bring local residents together for a common goal and create new social and ecological values. Growing decorative and useful plants and taking care of them will reduce stress and increase both social activity and well-being.
The aim of the Vormsi park greenspace is to increase environmental awareness and green thinking, create an educational environment, foster healthy and active lifestyles, diversify public urban spaces and increase cooperation, good neighbourly practices and a sense of community.
In addition to Tallinn, cities such as Burgas (Bulgaria), Lahti (Finland), Limerick (Ireland), Umeå (Sweden), Versailles (France), Munich (Germany), Gzira (Malta) and the Spanish area of Murcia will be taking part of the GoGreenRoutes project.
The project duration is 1 September 2020 – 31 August 2024
The freshly created project home-page can be found here - https://gogreenroutes.eu/
The project will be funded from the EU foreign funding programme Horizon2020.