Street names often have little to do with the actual local conditions. However, that cannot be said about the grassland road in Zorneding, because in this municipal area it is actually very green – too much for the taste of some residents. That is why complaints are constantly being made to the town hall that one should cut down one or the other tree or ideally cut it completely. In order to get an overview of the public green spaces, the municipality had a tree register compiled some time ago. The results are now available – and give neither the community nor the residents much cause for joy.

In February and March, Treeconsult recorded all public green spaces and entered their condition in a database. Their managing director Erk Brudi presented the results of this in the most recent meeting of the building committee, focusing in particular on the area around Grünlandstrasse and Ingelsberger Weg, from where particularly many complaints about unpleasant greenery have come in the past. Not without reason, as the expert now said, because the trees – especially cherries, oaks and maples – are sometimes not in very good condition. The main reason for this is that the planting was poorly planned around 20 years ago. “The trees have only very small areas available. If they want to grow, they have to move to private property,” Bruderi said. The result is that the trees expand their roots in the neighboring garden, or on the street and thereby damage the covering.

Some residents had also complained that the plants would shield the sunlight needed for their home photovoltaic systems. “Our experts were asked repeatedly during the survey whether the trees could not be cut away,” Bruderi said in the committee. According to the expert, there is no claim to sunlight. With a view to future plantings, the expert therefore advocated “better tree management”. One should coordinate with the citizens beforehand in order to find sensible solutions.

This would also benefit the community, since the subsequent correction of incorrectly planted trees is very expensive. The trees would always look quite beautiful on the architects’ drawings, but after 20 years they were often no longer usable. “The costs go into the millions but if you want to correct that afterwards,” Bruderi said. Helmut Obermaier’s (Green) suggestion was quickly removed from the table to redesign the parking bays in Lärchenstrasse so that the trees could develop properly. “You should have done that earlier,” Bruderi replied.

As in the past, according to the expert, the community cannot continue with its planting strategy, more professional planning is needed. Bianka Poschenrieder (SPD) wanted to know whether it would be better to use robinia in the future in view of their resilience. Linden, for example, would make so much dirt anyway. However, residents would simply have to accept this, said Bruderi, “there is nothing to complain about”.

And as far as the robinia is concerned, it is true that they are quite robust, but they also have a very long root and threaten to tear open road surfaces. Although the tree cadastre will not be able to change much about the status quo of the Zornedingen green areas, the town hall has now given the suggestion that it is better to consult an expert at an early stage for future projects. Then, after 20 years, the administration won’t have to deal with ailing trees and angry neighbors again.