Ostrava’s territory is a mosaic of natural, anthropogenically influenced and artificially created habitats with varying degrees of biodiversity. The most diverse systems are the aquatic and riparian ecosystems at the PLA Poodří and other protected sites, and the ecosystems in the deciduous and mixed woodlands on the periphery of the city. Areas of former mining/industrial activity have ecosystems that are specific to post-industrial landscapes.

Fact sheets

Greenery

All citizens of Ostrava have green areas within touching distance – the maximum distance from any Ostrava household to parks and other greenery is 300 metres.

Greenery

Ostrava is the third greenest regional capital city in the Czech Republic. (Based on 2010 geographical data published by the European Environment Agency and calculations by Czech Radio.)

Greenery

Parks as a percentage of the city’s total area (2010).

All green areas (including forests) as a percentage of the city’s total area (2010).

Greenery

Total green areas open to the public (2015).

Forested land inside Ostrava’s city limits (2015).

Green areas per 1 inhabitant (2015).

Natura 2000

Bird habitats partially within Ostrava’s city limits (Poodří, Heřmanice pond – Odra – Poolší).

Sites of European significance partially or entirely within the city limits (Heřmanice pond, Děhylov stream – Štěpán, Poodří).

Special Protection Areas

The number of Special Protection Areas (SPAs) in Ostrava (Poodří, Polanka meadows, Landek, etc.).

Important landscape features

The number of officially registered important landscape features in Ostrava – primarily groups of trees in non-forested areas, parks and greenery, cemeteries and avenues of trees.

Trees of historical importance

The number of officially registered historically important trees in Ostrava. The oldest is a 500 year-old linden tree in the municipal district Nová Ves.

Biocentres and Biocorridors

The number of trees/shrubs planted within Ostrava as part of the City’s Territorial Ecostability System (2013-2015).

 

Projects

  • Renovation of Za Biskupstvím Park
  • Renovation of U Boříka Park
  • Za Lunou Greenery
  • Savarin Greenery
  • Revitalization of the Pustkovec valley
  • Benátky Forest Park revitalization
  • Cingrův sad Park
  • City centre park areas revitalization
  • Perennial beds throughout the city
  • Expansion of the Bělský Les education centre
  • Bělský Les tree-planting
  • Revitalization of urban greenery
  • Revitalization of the Komenského Sady park
  • TES projects
  • Green screens
  • Tree planting by ArcelorMittal Ostrava
  • Landek National Nature Reserve
  • Eco-friendly weed removal
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Ostrava
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Renovation of Za Biskupstvím Park

The objective of the project is to restore existing public green spaces. This includes line, group and solitary planting of trees, planting and rejuvenating grassy areas, perennial plants and shrubs, maintaining the existing greenery, and repairing and building roads, small buildings, and outdoor furniture.

Schedule of the construction: 2019/20 (construction)

 

Place
Ostrava, Nová Ves Municipal District
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Renovation of U Boříka Park

The objective of the project is to restore existing public green spaces. This includes line, group and solitary planting of trees, planting and rejuvenating grassy areas, perennial plants and shrubs, maintaining the existing greenery, and repairing and building roads, small buildings, and outdoor furniture.

A public tender for preparation of the documentation for planning proceedings, engineering and author’s supervision is currently being prepared.

Place
Ostrava
Address
Patrice Lumumby and Kosmonautů streets
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Za Lunou Greenery

The project includes the maintenance of existing trees and shrubs, new planting, new solutions for paved areas and roads (including an in-line skating route), landscaping and adding outdoor furniture. The objective is the overall restoration of the area between Partice Lumumby and Kosmonautů streets (Ostrava-Jih Municipal District) behind the cinema Luna (increasing the grassy and planted areas).

Schedule of the construction: 2018/19 (construction)

 

Place
Ostrava
Address
Dr. Martínka Street
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Savarin Greenery

The project includes the maintenance of the existing trees and shrubs, new plantings, new solutions for paved areas and roads, landscaping and adding outdoor furniture. The aim is to restore the existing public green space in the inner courtyard and near the entranceways in the housing estate (Dr. Martínka Street in Ostrava-Jih Municipal District).

Schedule of the construction: 2018/19 (construction)

Place
Ostrava, Pustkovec Municipal District
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Revitalization of the Pustkovec valley

This is one of the most beautiful green areas in the western part of Ostrava. The existing parkland will be complemented by new plantings and flower meadows. The project will also revitalize the Pustkovec stream and pond, including a water playpark, new wooden piers and park furniture. The stream will be restored to its original natural state, creating small pools which will retain water during dry periods and facilitate the spread of flora and fauna in the area.

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Ostrava
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Benátky Forest Park revitalization

The forest (covering an area of 23,7 hectares) is the site of a former open-air swimming pool and an area of ponds known as “Benátky”. The area will be revitalized and opened up to the public as a sports and leisure destination. The ponds – a unique biotope within the city – will be revitalized, including the creation of a leisure meadow with a kiosk, a children´s play area and an outdoor fitness facility for adults.

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Ostrava
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Cingrův sad Park

This large meadow is flanked on all sides by major roads and railways. Plans for revitalization include new footpaths, benches, tree-planting and lines of shrubs which will shield the park from the noise of the surrounding transport arteries.

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Ostrava
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City centre park areas revitalization

The city centre will come to life in a festival of colours thanks to new ornamental trees, shrubs and flowers – a total of 86 trees, 2 500 shrubs, 2 000 different grasses and ferns, 9 200 perennials and 17 400 bulb flowers. The revitalization project will cover an area of Černa louka complex, Trojhalí and Nová Karolina.

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Ostrava
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Perennial beds throughout the city

Thanks to plantings of perennials in 2017, the city will gain over 0,5 ha of new greenery and thousands of new trees, shrubs and plants at 17 unconventional locations throughout the city. the planned plantings of mixed perennials will be selferegulating and will thus not require intensive maintenance.

Expansion of the Bělský Les education centre

This project followed on from two already completed projects – ‘Brownfields regeneration – Bělský Les’ and ‘ Bělský Les – tree-planting’; as part of these projects, unsuitable concrete surfaces and roadways were removed, several small buildings were demolished, existing greenery was revitalized and new greenery planted at this former barracks site.

New educational trails were built, and a complete learning programme was devised to accompany the trails (as part of the ‘Forest School’ education programme). The individual points on the trail are equipped with roofed shelters and summerhouses, a system of information panels, displays of plants, and park furniture.

Bělský Les tree-planting

After carrying out preparatory work to regenerate and renew the green areas, trees and shrubs at this former barracks site (the project ‘Brownfields regeneration – Bělský Les’), a total of 4000 new trees and 1000 new shrubs were planted. The total area covered by the project was 9.9 hectares.

Implementation/completion: 8 – 12/2014

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Ostrava
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Revitalization of urban greenery

In the first half of June 2015 work was completed on this project, which involved the revitalization of existing green areas and the planting of new greenery at 7 selected parks in 4 municipal districts (Slezská Ostrava, Pustkovec, Mariánské Hory a Hulváky, Michálkovice) and alterations to the entry-points to several forested areas in Ostrava (Osošník, Porubský Les, Hulvácký Les, Korýtko, Bělský Les), including the treatment of trees in the vicinity of the entry-points to ensure their future health.

A total 1318 existing trees were treated as part of the project, 902 new trees were planted, a total area of 5 998 m2 was thinned and cleared, and 39 196 m2 of lawns and grassy areas were revitalized.

Implementation/completion: 01-06/2015

Place
Ostrava
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Revitalization of the Komenského Sady park

This extensive park in the heart of Ostrava’s central district is one of the largest urban parks in the Czech Republic, covering around 30 hectares and boasting over 3 000 trees. The revitalization project has doubled the size of the lawn areas, adding new benches and litter bins. This much-loved park is an increasingly popular destination for leisure and sports, strolls, outdoor dance, yoga, jogging, and much more.

Implementation/completion: 04/2012 – 10/2013

Place
Ostrava
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TES projects

Recently Ostrava’s Territorial Ecostability Systems (TES) Development Plan was partially implemented on the basis of the Territorial Ecostability System set out in Ostrava’s Land Use and Zoning Plan; previously missing biocentres and biocorridors (which form the spatial basis of the TES) were added. The purpose of the TES is to protect natural plant and animal habitats. However, this does not mean simply conserving the current state, but rather supporting the natural development of the habitat. Especially in newly created biocentres/biocorridors, the emphasis is on enabling habitats to develop in line with the existing ecological conditions. Biocentres have been created in technically complex natural environments on slag-heaps and similar sites; even in these anthropogenically influenced environments it is essential to allow habitats to develop naturally.

Thanks to the large area of greenery per head of population, Ostrava ranks among the Czech Republic’s greenest cities. The City has implemented plantings on a huge scale (at a cost of tens of millions of EUR) in order to mitigate the impact of air pollution and increase ecostability. In just three years (2013–2015), a total of 120 000 trees and 330 000 shrubs/bushes were planted in Ostrava, at a cost of 87 million CZK.

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Ostrava
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Green screens

The planting of ‘green screens’ (greenery shielding residential areas from busy transport arteries and industrial sites) also helps to reduce air pollution. Green screens have recently been planted at a total cost of approx. 43 million EUR, co-financed by the City and EU structural funds (EUSF). In numbers it is 7 000 trees and 20 000 shrubs.

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Ostrava
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Tree planting by ArcelorMittal Ostrava

An important contribution to biodiversity was the planting of 111 trees by ArcelorMittal Ostrava, a major local air polluter, in 2008-2009 (cost  6 million CZK). ArcelorMittal agreed this planting with the City as part of its voluntary efforts to reduce its own environmental impact.

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Ostrava
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Landek National Nature Reserve

A number of plans will be implemented at the Landek site. The oldest near-natural forests will be left to develop naturally (with the exception of the removal of non-indigenous species, especially black locust trees and red oaks) as an example of a dynamically changing forest ecosystem in the middle of the Ostrava industrial conurbation. The remaining parts of the site will be gradually replanted in accordance with the site development plans, to create natural and near-natural woodland communities.

The aim is to create a model site combining nature conservation with leisure use, located in close proximity to the Ostrava conurbation. In 1998 a viewing tower was built at Landek. The first step in the future plans for the site will be the modernization of the nature trail depicting the historical development and current natural value of Landek.

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Ostrava
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Eco-friendly weed removal

When maintaining pavements, roads and public spaces, maintenance workers encounter weeds growing in the cracks between paving stones, kerbstones etc. These plants tend to be highly resistant to attempts at removal; they cannot be removed merely by pulling, scraping or cutting them out.

Ostrava has now begun using a new, eco-friendly method of weed removal – simply using hot water. The municipal district of Slezská Ostrava was the first in the Moravian-Silesian Region to purchase a machine which uses hot water to destroy weeds without any need for chemical agents.

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