SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, June 28, 2019 – As of June 21, the shade of trees was created in Seoul Plaza, an open-air public square in front of Seoul City Hall, and now there people are able to escape from the heat wave for a while.
In partnership with SK Forest and SK Telink, the Seoul Metropolitan Government completed to plant a total of 20 trees, such as maple and zelkova trees with larger leaves, in the pots to make a “movable forest” at Seoul Plaza. Since the public square is a place where various events often take place, the movable forest is the perfect way to make the shadow.
Each tree is equipped with the state-of-the-art mobile-based remote management system and has a sensor to collect information on the state of the tree’s growth, such as humidity, soil temperature and atmosphere, and transmit it in real time to a manager’s mobile phone app. Thanks to that, the manager gets to know what the trees want and what they lack and is able to provide customized care to the trees.
After a pilot operation at Seoul Plaza, the Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to expand the “movable forest” especially to other public spaces or parks where are easily found in daily lives but difficult to plant trees. It is part of the city government’s “Plant 2022-30 Million Giving Trees” scheme announced in March 2019, according to which a total of 30 million trees will be planted in the city by 2022.
Under the partnership, the Seoul Metropolitan Government is in charge of planning and publicizing the project, offering administrative services, while SK Forest donates a total of 20 large trees and movable pots worth 61 million won and SK Telink installs and manages the wireless remote management system. The three organizations agreed to manage the trees together afterwards.
The movable forest is expected to be effective against the heat wave and increase green areas and the rate that people see the green space in the city center. Also, it contributes to the reduction of urban heat island and fine dust.