On October 10, 1939, one part of the Great Forest was registered into the Hungarian nature conservation book as the first Hungarian nature conservation area. In 1992, nature conservation protection was extended to the entire forest area.
The protection of the Great Forest, the preservation and enrichment of its values are in the interests of all Debrecen and even all Hungarians. Mayor László Papp announced the program “Our garden” on April 23, 2019, with the aim of planting 10,000 new trees over a five year period.
The first seedlings were planted in the park between Cívis and Békessy Béla streets, and by the end of November 2019, the thousandth tree was planted in the Wesselényi housing estate. In 2019, trees were planted in many parts of the city including Kiserdő, in Józsa, Tócó River.
On the occasion of Earth Day, Ákos Balázs, Deputy Mayor of Debrecen, with the help of volunteers planted a total of 30 trees – 22 pedunculate oaks and 8 sycamores – in the park forest area around Nagyerdei Water Tower and Nagyerdei Stadium to preserve the nature of Debrecen.
From 22 April, the tree catalog compiled by András Kuhn, the chief gardener of Debrecen, is available online to provide professional, yet practical information for those who want to plant trees in the city, whether public or private. It contains the main characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages of each variety. The catalog includes both native varieties and ornamental trees.
Photo credit: Municipality of Debrecen