Adaptation to climate change through the development of green and blue infrastructure in Gryfino

On 22th of December 2021, the Mayor of the Town and Commune of Gryfino – Mieczysław Sawaryn, signed a grant contract for the implementation of green and blue infrastructure in Gryfino.

Adopt a tree

The tree adoption program is addressed to the inhabitants of the Gryfino Commune and aims to teach responsibility for public green areas, in particular greenery care.

Gryfino’s needs and environmental conditions

In March will take place the first workshop meeting with the project partner: Verkis hf. The joint work of experts from Poland and Iceland will be concerned to a topic of understanding the local needs and environmental conditions of our city.

Investment activities

  • Development of the area of Love Hill

    The area of ​​Love Hill gained a new attractive infrastructure. It complemented the work carried out in 2018 as part of the project entitled Revalorization of the City Park and the area of ​​Górka Miłości and the area at Opolska and Kołłątaja Streets.

    As part of the project, at the turn of 2022 and 2023, the area of ​​Love Hill was cleared of invasive species of trees in order to protect the old trees and improve the natural bioretention in the area from Plac Zakochanych to the Meeting Square.

    Terrain stairs were made on the escarpment from Armii Krajowej Street and a railing at the path to Plac Zakochanych.

    A bridge in a wooden structure with metal railings was built to connect Plac Zakochanych with path to the Meeting Square, information board of history of Love Hill, wooden signpost and bicycle racks have been installed.

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  • Development of the “Opolanka” recreational area

    The development of this area is a continuation of the project from 2018, during which a new recreational area was created from wasteland, which the residents called Opolanka. In 2022, Opolanka was equipped with elements of small architecture aimed at ecological education of children and youth. New tree plantings are aimed to reduce the “urban heat island” effect. As part of the task:10 small-leaved lime trees were planted along Opolska Street. A pergola ina steel structure was made with the planting of vines. Educational tables, bicykle racks and sandpit were installed.

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  • Eco corner – a meeting place and ecological education

    The subject of the task is to create a meeting place and ecological education place for the inhabitants of the Gryfino Commune and people visiting the “Laguna” Aquapark at Wodnika Street.

    As part of the task, the following will be carried out:

    – 3 park shelters equipped with tables and benches,

    – 4 wooden garden canopies around the barbecue area.

    The park shelters will be connected by footpaths with park benches and litter bins.

    There will also be an educational path consisting of 6 boards with drawings and information on:

    – photosynthesis,

    – autotrophy and heterotrophy of organisms,

    – forest layers,

    – types of deciduous trees,

    – types of coniferous trees,

    – types of meadow plants.

    There will also be a place for a bonfire, a well with a water intake point and a water curtain will be installed. The corner will be illuminated by two solar lamps. Ornamental shrubs will be planted along the communication routes.

    According to the signed contract, the works should be completed by 22 of August 2023.

    On 6 of July 2023 he Gryfino Commune also signed an annex to the contract for co-financing the project entitled Adaptation to climate change through the development of green and blue infrastructure in Gryfino, increasing the co-financing of the project. Additional money will be spent on small architecture elements designed by employees of the Project Partner – Verkis Hf. from Reykjavik, so the spatial inscription GRYFINO and a water curtain. These elements will be created in the Eko-corner.

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  • Development of the square next to the sports hall

    The planting of trees and shrubs was intended to complete the land development process at the sports hall in Gryfino.

    As part of the project, small-leaved ‘Böhlje’ lime trees were planted, which in the future are to introduce a large shaded area and are melliferous and insect-friendly trees.

    In addition, the escarpment from Niepodległości Street was developed, planting creeping juniper, Japanese meadowsweet, stonecrop and catnip.

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  • Development of the waterfront in Gryfino

    The project was aimed at introducing a multi-storey and species-diverse arrangement of vegetation on the Gryfino waterfront. The species used are natural and are intended to introduce a significant shaded area in the future.

    Planted perennials and ornamental grass are designed to preserve the natural style of the opposite bank of the Odra River. On the other hand, the introduced variety of willows will introduce an additional sensory effect. All selected plant species used in the project are melliferous and insect-friendly.

    As part of the task, the following were planted:

    – 23 trees of extensive native species (small-leaved linden, Tomb Sweeping Willow);

    – planting 30 shrubs (mountain pine), 1050 perennials (sedum), 240 ornamental bulbs (ornamental garlic).

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  • Creation of a flower meadow in the area on the outskirts of Gryfino

     Land development in the vicinity of the overpass on the national road No. 31 was aimed at transforming the wasteland into a large meadow planted with melliferous plants with natural hotels for bees. The tree species used are natural, such as small-leaved limes and maples. Additionally, silver birches were introduced. All tree species are melliferous and resistant to adverse weather and soil conditions.

    As part of the task:

    – a degraded area was prepared for planting (garbage was cleared and soil was brought);

    – trees were planted: 14 small-leaved lime trees, 10 common maples and 20 silver birches;

    – a flower meadow was sown on the area of ​​5000 m2,

    – old tree trunks were collected, which are natural habitats for insects.

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  • Land development around the retention reservoir at Kochanowskiego Street

    As a result of the project activities, the green area around the retention reservoir in the single-family housing estate was developed. The designed vegetation is extensive, so undemanding in terms of water requirements and planting location. In addition, plants will retain moisture in the soil, which is a natural bioretention and prevents flooding.

    As part of this task, the following were performed:

    – planting 18 trees: 11 common hornbeam and 7 useful birches around the existing retention reservoir;

    – planting a total of 1950 perennials (400 sage and 1550 catnip);

    – planting 900 selseria autumn grass seedlings;

    – planting 80 ornamental garlic bulbs;

    – installation of an insect hotel.


    Land development of Fredry Street

    A small “bee garden” was created at Fredry Street, in a green area between single-family houses. A small flower meadow was created here and 11 golden caps were planted. An insect hotel has also been installed.

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  •  Land development at Mazowiecka and Mazurska Streets

    Implementation of the planned range of plantings was aimed at completing the land development process, where streets and pedestrian routes had been built in previous years.

    As part of the task, the following were planted:

    – 25 small-leaved lime trees,

    – 736 shrumbs seedlings (16 creeping juniper, 720 Japanese meadowsweet),

    – 586 perennial plants (Sedum spectabile),

    – 876 seedlings of ornamental grasses.

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  • Creation of educational corners in Aquapark Laguna

    As part of the task, two spaces functioning in the facility were developed: a community garden was created in the “Laguna” patio and an educational corner operating in the ticket office hall. The created places will be conducive to environmental education and integration of residents.

    In the ticket hall of Aquapark Laguna, an educational corner was created for the youngest residents: wooden furniture with arcade and interactive games on topics related to environmental protection was installed. Information materials on climate change are also distributed on site.

    Wooden park shelters have been installed on the patio, which in the summer create a meeting place for residents during events raising environmental awareness. 

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    Installation of rainwater tanks at the Nursery in Gryfino

    As part of the project Adaptation to climate change through the development of green and blue infrastructure in Gryfino, 4 above-ground rainwater tanks were installed at the Municipal Nursery in Gryfino.

    Through this investment, rainwater flowing from the roof of the building will be collected in order to care for the greenery surrounding the nursery.

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