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Growing Green Cities

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“the creative, green, sustainable solutions required to make this a reality”


There are some great ideas for ‘greening’ our urban areas:

Planting trees in towns and cities – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Our green corridors – connecting with nature – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Green infrastructure – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Reimagining the high street: creating green spaces – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Urban rewilding – Vision Group for Sidmouth

smart cities : green cities : – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Urban forestry – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Vertical gardens and green facades – Vision Group for Sidmouth


Here is the latest research on the effect of planting trees in our towns and cities:

“Plant more trees” is often the first idea that comes to mind when we think about how to prevent further climate change or at least adapt to its impacts. There are good reasons for this. Multiple studies have shown that as well as trees being a fantastic way to store carbon dioxide, they offer other benefits, such as a cooling effect in cities, the ability to reduce flood risk and boost biodiversity, among other things…

The species of tree we plant also needs to be carefully considered – will it be able to cope with higher temperatures? Will the type of tree be resilient to the invasive species and pathogens projected to increase with climate change? If not, then we have wasted our time and money.

Policy makers therefore need to thoroughly and carefully assess any kind of nature-based solution before embarking on a scheme that may provide no long term benefit. It is all about making sure that we are putting the right intervention in the right place, at the right time.

Reforesting Europe would increase rainfall – new research


Meanwhile, the idea of ‘vertical farming’ or ‘urban farming’ is gaining ground considerably:

Vertical Farming Development Centre – CHAP

Vertical Farming Startup in Leipzig for Biodiversity Conservation, Cleantech, Greentech, Urban Farming and Greening | Your Digital Wall

Vertical Farming World to meet in September – Urban Ag News

No Soil. No Growing Seasons. Just Add Water and Technology. – The New York Times


And all of this and much more is to be explored at next year’s Floriade, the international exhibition and garden festival, held every 10 years in the Netherlands:

Growing Green Cities

Appealing cities. Safe and healthy.

Floriade’s theme Growing Green Cities presents the creative, green, sustainable solutions required to make this a reality. This theme is more important than ever. By 2050, some 68% of the global population will live in cities on a mere 2% of the earth’s surface area.*

Greening the City

Immerse yourself in greenery

Green cities are liveable cities. But how do you make built-up cities greener? Immerse yourself in the arboretum’s greenery: a living catalogue of trees and plants. Every species has a demonstrable role it could play in the cities of the future. A great place for your organisation to share its knowledge.

Feeding the City

Sustainable food production for and by cities

Food production is no longer the countryside’s prerogative. It is our pleasure, together with our participants and sponsors, to present solutions in the field of experimental agriculture and horticulture, urban agriculture, artificially produced food, nutrition, health and sustainable agriculture.

Healthying the City

Feel healthy in a healthy city

People want to feel healthy and actively participate in society for as long as possible. Floriade Expo 2022 reveals the search for clean air, water and soil to help you feel in top shape both physically and mentally.

Energising the City

New sources of energy

Sustainable energy solutions are indispensable. Particularly as the expanding population’s energy requirements are also increasing. Floriade Expo 2022 will show visitors new inventions for generating, storing and saving energy.

Growing Green Cities – Floriade


But it will also be very creative:

Studio Ossidiana to build a floating art pavilion in Almere

In early 2020, the municipality of Almere and the province of Flevoland invited five up-and-coming architects to submit a design for an art pavilion, a precursor to a new art museum to be developed later. The jury unanimously chose Studio Ossidiana’s poetic plan, merging architecture, art and nature, which offers visitors a stimulating experience both indoors and outdoors. The pavilion will open at the start of the Floriade Expo in April 2022. It will function as an annexe and testing ground for the new museum for at least five years.

Studio Ossidiana to build a floating art pavilion in Almere – Floriade