Improvement of the common residential area through making it comfortable and green was the intention of the Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg personnel and young residents of the Kanonersky Island, upper-formers of school No379 in the Kirovsky District, who developed the green area on the Putilovskaya embankment on 25 October 2019. The site for planting the trees was selected together with the Department for Municipal Improvement and Road Facilities of the Kirovsky District Administration. This area of the Putilovskaya Embankment has recently undergone the reconstruction with planting of 50 young lime trees to replace the old ones included into the programme.
While getting larger, the young plants will decorate the shore of the Seaway Canal, the key water route for cargo, passenger and cruise ships entering Saint-Petersburg. It is a sea gate of the city, its landmark equal to monuments and cathedrals. The port, as an integral part of the city, has a historical link to the Kanonersky Island. Their social and cultural bonds have been developed by several generations of residents who used to work and are still working at the port.
The activity was held in the framework of the “Clean Island” environmental campaign annually undertaken by the seaport personnel to clean up the shore area. It is necessary and significant for the residents of the Kanonersky Island, young and old ones, as it reminds about the importance of environmental friendliness. The new expanded format of the campaign includes both the constructive component through planting the trees, and the educational one through involvement of the municipal school. The last day before the school holidays was spent in the form of a valuable life lesson focused on responsible attitude to the environment.
When speaking at the event, Andrey Zubarev, Managing Director of the company, said: “This environmental campaign is not just a good and important activity on municipal development but also a bright example of careful attitude to the Nature. Today, we are writing a new chapter of our common biography with mutual neighbourly co-operation! – he said. – The Seaway Canal we share provides the city with an opportunity of intensive growth in terms of economic performance. We are anxious to see more occasions for establishing good traditions on its banks! Of course, that would be great to share them as well!”
“The trees planted by the Kanonersky Island residents will remain for the next generations, – Natalya Korostyshevskaya, Headmistress of the Secondary School No379, said in support of the campaign. – Our kids and grandchildren will walk under these lime trees and the embankment will beсome a recreation site.”
Vadim Bauman, head of the Department for Municipal Improvement and Road Facilities of the Kirovsky District Administration, thanked the port personnel and schoolchildren for their contribution: “In the name of the Administration, I want to thank you! It is our first joint campaign and, hopefully, not the last one. We will certainly continue the improvement of the Putilovskaya Embankment.”