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  • Seoul to Create 68 Forest Paths with 400,000 Trees to Reduce Particulate Matter and Enhance Pedestrian Convenience

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    The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) will be creating “forest paths” where nature breathes downtown by planting 400,000 trees in 68 locations, including tree-lined streets or abandoned lands in streets.

    Planting trees that reduce particulate matter under the roadside trees will make the linear green area and planting short and tall trees together will from the multi-layered forest. If there is a fence or a soundproof wall beside the street, climbing plants will be planted to make it green with the goal of reducing particulate matter. The pedestrian convenience will be enhanced as the traffic islands will be equipped with greenery and resting space with benches.

    The SMG has made public the plan for creating “forest paths” this year, announcing that the city will protect citizens from particulate matter and heat waves, add green energy to the daily lives of people who have become weary due to COVID-19, and enhance the convenience of pedestrians.

    First, as for main roads downtown, two types of forest paths will be created: 47 pedestrian spaces and 4 commuting streets for elementary school students. Among the pedestrian spaces, 5 lines including Samyang-ro, Gangbuk-gu will be equipped with a new linear green area. The existing linear green areas that are damaged or have weakened functions due to old age will be improved. In the 47 spaces, 600 street trees will be planted in empty spots and 1,000 protection frames and covers of street trees that became too small for the outgrown trees will be replaced.

    Specifically, four 1.7-km commuting streets for elementary school students will be created based on the partnership with the Korea Forest Service and corporations. Short and medium-sized trees and ground-cover trees will be densely planted between the street trees to protect the elementary school students, who are more sensitive to particulate matter, and provide a commuting environment safe from traffic accidents. The greening of the commuting streets for elementary school students will actively reflect the opinions of schools, residents, and experts in the planning, design, and construction process. The Seoul Institute of Technology will present the optimal design for the school zone for reducing pollutants and heat, on which the guidelines for greening school zones will be based for release in Nov. 2021.

    Seoul to Create 68 Forest Paths with 400,000 Trees to Reduce Particulate Matter and Enhance Pedestrian Convenience
    School zone of Muhak Middle School and Muhak Girl's High School School zone of Yongsan Middle and High School
    School zone of Muhak Middle School and Muhak Girl’s High School School zone of Yongsan Middle and High School

    Second, 17 abandoned spaces on the road, including the traffic islands and median strips in Gucheonmyeon-ro, Gwangjin-gu, are also the targets of greening. 200,000 trees including those that shade citizens from heat waves in the summer will be planted along with the installation of benches and pergolas for citizens to take a rest, improving the pedestrian convenience.

    Seoul to Create 68 Forest Paths with 400,000 Trees to Reduce Particulate Matter and Enhance Pedestrian Convenience
    Median Strip of Bukhansan-ro Street Garden of Arisu-ro
    Median Strip of Bukhansan-ro Street Garden of Arisu-ro

    The SMG expects the following effects from this project: an escape from the harms of the environment, such as particulate matter and heat wave; provision of green resting areas for healing and well-being in daily life; and a safe and pleasant pedestrian environment.