Budapest Airport Launches Tree Planting Program

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Budapest Airport has launched a new tree planting program, planting some 500 tree saplings in the Börzsöny mountains, with the help of the Forest Savers (Erdőmentők) foundation and the employees of the BUD group.

With the help of experts, the volunteers planted saplings of sessile oak, Turkey oak, and wild fruit trees in a previously empty area of the Törökmező forest. The program focuses on climate protection, as the newly reforested area will provide protection for soil that is becoming increasingly scarce and degraded due to climate change. The first year of care is provided for the saplings by Forest Savers, resulting in a retention rate of over 90%.

The campaign will continue with the planting of thousands of trees in the Danube-Ipoly National Park with the help of the organization.

Budapest Airport is also pursuing this activity internationally, in cooperation with Treedom; the company is planting 500 trees remotely in different parts of the world; these can be donated using a unique code and the agroforestry project they belong to can be followed online.

The program (BUD Forest) is available on the following website: https://treedom.it/zig

Budapest Airport supports the protection of natural assets beyond tree planting as well. In 2022, the airport operator donated HUF 10 million to save the Merzse marsh in Rákosmente, which dried up during the summer, due to extreme weather conditions and water shortages.

The marsh is home to several protected plants, including the early marsh orchid, the lax-flowered orchid, the fragrant orchid, and other orchid species, and the nature reserve is also a habitat for the smooth newt, the northern crested newt, the European pond turtle, deer, foxes, and badgers, as well as being a popular breeding ground for the western marsh harrier.

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