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Krakow's Main Square to be enriched with trees: Green light given!

Krakow's Main Square to be enriched with trees: Green light given!

Image source: © Narodowe Archiwum Cyfrowe
Marta Grzeszczuk,
05.01.2024 15:45

The province's conservator approved a project to plant trees in Krakow's Main Square. When will the trees be planted?

In 2022, the residents of Kraków voted for the return of trees to the Main Square through the Civic Budget. This was a significant decision because the trees were mostly cut down from the square in the second half of the 20th century. The project was approved for implementation, and the Malopolska capital allocated PLN 1.5 million from its budget.

Trees in Krakow's Main Square in 2025 at the earliest

The implementation of the civic project is moving forward smoothly, but there are concerns about the trees in the market square. In September, rickety trees in pots appeared on the pavement, leading to suspicions that they were meant to replace the ones voted for by the residents. But after a year-long wait, the Provincial Conservator of Monuments has finally permitted to plant trees in the Main Square, subject to certain conditions.

Trees in Krakow's Main Square, 1938
Trees in Krakow's Main Square, 1938 (NAC)

The greenery should not obstruct the view of monuments such as the Cloth Hall or St. Mary's Basilica, and the plantings should not damage the Market Square pavement. Interestingly, the conservator has no issues with historic buildings in the centre of Krakow being partially obscured by the umbrellas of various catering establishments, often featuring the logos of alcohol brands.

City councillor Łukasz Maślana announced on Radio Kraków that the formalities will not end soon. " "We aim to have the necessary documentation by 2024, which is our top priority. If we successfully obtain the building permit by the end of 2024, it will be a significant achievement, and the trees will be planted in 2025. However, if we are unable to obtain the permit by then, we will assess the situation and determine the next steps," said Maślana.

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