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Wanderbaumallee Stuttgart: literally a walking tree park for streets where there are none

Wanderbaumallee Stuttgart: literally a walking tree park for streets where there are none
Source: wanderbaumallee-stuttgart.de

Trees with seating wander through Stuttgart’s districts to transform dreary neighbourhoods into green oases for a few weeks, but Wanderbaumallee makes a powerful statement about the need for more green spaces while encouraging locals to get involved in changing their environment.

A Wandering Forest in Stuttgart

The team behind Stuttgart’s Wanderbaumallee say it improves the quality of stay in public spaces. Various trees and seating are used to bring green to the streets and to create neighbourhood meeting points and places to linger.

Crab apples, sour cherries, whitebeams, rock pear, quince, silver birch, buckthorn and black elder, fruit trees and bee pastures in particular have been wandering through the districts of Stuttgart this summer.
Mobile woodland. Crab apples, sour cherries, whitebeams, rock pear, quince, silver birch, buckthorn and black elder, fruit trees and bee pastures in particular have been wandering through the districts of Stuttgart this summer. Source: wanderbaumallee-stuttgart.de
The ten trees in total are moved in modules specially designed for this purpose, which serve both as plant troughs and as seating.
Mini-forest. The ten trees in total are moved in modules specially designed for this purpose, which serve both as plant troughs and as seating. Source: wanderbaumallee-stuttgart.de
Every first Saturday of the month at 2 p.m. there is a tree hike to a new part of Stuttgart. As part of the hikes, local activities are planned together with local partners.
The Wanderbaumallee has been moving through Stuttgart since 2019. Every first Saturday of the month at 2 p.m. there is a tree hike to a new part of Stuttgart. As part of the hikes, local activities are planned together with local partners. Source: wanderbaumallee-stuttgart.de
Together with the neighborhoods from 2020 and many supporters, organisers have temporarily recaptured over 250m² of public space for people this year.
Recapturing public space. Together with the neighborhoods from 2020 and many supporters, organisers have temporarily recaptured over 250m² of public space for people this year. Source: wanderbaumallee-stuttgart.de
1,000m² of intersection area at Teckplatz became a place for people.
For the hiking tree farewell on October 3rd, organisers went one step further: 1,000m² of intersection area at Teckplatz became a place for people. Source: wanderbaumallee-stuttgart.de
Teckplatz, Stuttgart.
The 2020 season is over but locals are looking forward to 2021. Teckplatz, Stuttgart. Source: wanderbaumallee-stuttgart.de
It’s August. It is hot. People and trees are thirsty and long for water or at least a shady spot. Source: wanderbaumallee-stuttgart.de
The 10 trees have had a home to put down roots since October 3rd. Source: wanderbaumallee-stuttgart.de
At the end of the season, together with the tree sponsors, organisers planted the hiking trees in various places in Stuttgart. Source: wanderbaumallee-stuttgart.de
The trees are mounted on transportable decks that double as benches and resting spaces for the locals once the trees have reached their temporary homes in the city. Source: wanderbaumallee-stuttgart.de
The trees then act not only as greenery serving the local insects, but also as temporary community spaces offering meeting points, benches and places for the local community to stop, rest or gather.
Somewhere to sit and bee. The trees then act not only as greenery serving the local insects, but also as temporary community spaces offering meeting points, benches and places for the local community to stop, rest or gather. Source: wanderbaumallee-stuttgart.de
Originating from a frustration about the city administration’s process of creating guidelines and policies that allow their citizens take part in urbanism, city planning and greening, Wanderbaumallee defy any city regulations so far.
While offering the community green spaces to the people of Stuttgart, Wanderbaumallee also highlights the lack of change that citizens can demand and put into action in the city. Originating from a frustration about the city administration’s process of creating guidelines and policies that allow their citizens take part in urbanism, city planning and greening, Wanderbaumallee defy any city regulations so far. Source: popupcity.net
It is this that the striking and impressive moving of the trees through the city emphasises. A small greening army of trees forces the city to reconsider its regulations and give more power to the people.
How do you categorise a tree with wheels by traffic regulations?” Jesús Martínez, one of the Wanderbaumallee organisers. It is this that the striking and impressive moving of the trees through the city emphasises. A small greening army of trees forces the city to reconsider its regulations and give more power to the people. Source: wanderbaumallee-stuttgart.de
To help others in their greening activism, Wanderbaumallee is creating an open-source resource for the building and creation of similar Wanderbaumallees globally. So, get in touch with Wanderbaumallee to start a green revolution in your city.
Wanderbaumallee’s vision and work has been adopted in similar initiatives in other cities, such as in Cologne. To help others in their greening activism, Wanderbaumallee is creating an open-source resource for the building and creation of similar Wanderbaumallees globally. So, get in touch with Wanderbaumallee to start a green revolution in your city. Source: wanderbaumallee-stuttgart.de
Wanderbaumallee Stuttgart 2019 The Wanderbaumallee improves the quality of stay in public space in Stuttgart. Various trees and seating are used to bring green to the streets and to create neighborhood meeting points and places to linger. The video, which was created as part of a student work, documents the work of the activists in 2019. Source: YouTube/Parking Day Stuttgart
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Wanderbaumallee’s vision and work has been adopted in similar initiatives in other cities, such as in Cologne. To help others in their greening activism, Wanderbaumallee is creating an open-source resource for the building and creation of similar Wanderbaumallees globally. So, get in touch with Wanderbaumallee to start a green revolution in your city.