1 – Greening
Geveltuin (façade gardens) brighten up streets, give character, provide habitat, and encourage biodiversity. An interesting plant or flower makes people stop, or at least slow down to appreciate it. In Amsterdam a resident can apply to the municipality to provide the infrastructure for a façade garden. The resident can then plant what they wish and they become the caretaker of the small garden.
Trees also give character and ambiance to a street. Environmentally they collect water, help improve air quality, give shade, and provide habitat. They create a connection to nature and help lower stress levels. The municipality of Frederiksberg, in Copenhagen has a policy that every resident should be able to see at least one tree from their property.