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Floating gardens to protect wildlife in Poland

2021. október 06.

Poznań is ready to install floating gardens in the city centre. Equipped with nesting baskets, these installations help to introduce greenery to central urban areas, increase biodiversity and purify air and water.

 

The revolutionary islands will be installed in the Podolany district of Poznań, located in Western Poland. Although in addition to the River Warta, there are several large lakes in the city, the new islets will be placed in a beautiful pond, less than one acre in size. The islands will be installed by the OnWater.pl Foundation in cooperation with the local council and with the involvement of twenty volunteers.

Floating Gardens are lightweight structures placed in water acting as islands, and they serve important biodiversity functions, which is particularly needed in cities where animals, especially some songbirds, struggle to find protection. Due to the design of their structure, the islands can withstand flooding, too.

An additional benefit of gardens to be planted primarily with native species is that, thanks to water, wind, and the activity of birds, seeds can reach otherwise inaccessible places. Birds can enjoy particularly strong protection on these islands: free-roaming dogs, but especially domestic cats, can do great harm to their population, but they are safe from these predators on the water. This is actually not a new experiment; there are successful similar installations in various parts of the city.

This is not the first time that Poznań has attracted the attention of the international press with a ground-breaking idea. Earlier this year, the transformation of the site of a former amphitheatre in the Citadel Park area into a honeybee garden was launched, to the delight of the local population and the bees. According to plans, there will be sun loungers, seats and viewing terraces in the area, as well as a small waterfall. The design is really carefully thought out, even installing subtle lighting technology, to avoid adverse impact on nocturnal animals.

 

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