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European Green cities Award

European Green cities Award

France wins second edition of the prestigious European Green Cities Award

After the city of Beringen in Belgium in 2020, Nantes in France wins the second edition of the European Green Cities Award, organised by the European Nurserystock Association (ENA) within the framework of the promotional project ‘Green Cities Europe’.

Le Jardin Extraordinaire, from old stone quarry to lush park with stunning views

Le Jardin extraordinaire or 101st garden of Nantes has become an attraction. The former Miséry stone quarry has been transformed into an extraordinary, lush garden. Thanks to an incredibly rich plant palette with amongst others tree ferns, century-old ivy and banana trees, an exotic atmosphere is created, adapted to the pre-existing micro climate on site. Moreover, a promenade with seven stunning viewpoints links the park to Nantes’ bustling Chantenay district.

The jury was clear. This future-proof concept enhances economic and cultural attractiveness of the city of Nantes and brings people together in a social environment. Jardin Extraordinaire is a perfect example of close cooperation between landscape architects, designers and plant growers. The integration of biodiversity with a well-considered plant selection and waterfall all connected in the existing landscape is considered very innovative.

Le Jardin Extraordinaire competed in this year’s competition with 12 other projects from Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Sweden.


Check out the nominated projects of 2021

Candidate Poland 2021


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Candidate Bulgaria 2021

Candidate – Bulgaria Submission by: l.arch. Veselin Belchev Vassilev Project name: Landscaping and park development of…

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Candidate France 2021

Candidate – France Submission by: Nantes Metropole Project Name: Le Jardin Extraordinaire, the incredible transformation of…

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Candidate The Netherlands 2021

Candidate – The Netherlands Submisstion by: Daan Bruggink, ORGA Architect Project Name: De Verwondering, A wooden,…

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Candidate Sweden 2021

Candidate – Sweden Submission by: Municipality of Linköpings Project name: Paradiset Park     Short description…

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Candidate Portugal 2021

Candidate – Portugal Submission by: Guimarães City Hall Project name: Guimarães City Park, Biocultural Eco-Corridor, Landscaping…

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Candidate Italy 2021

Candidate – Italy Submission by: Anve - Associazione Nazionale Vivaisti Esportatori Project name: Parco City Life,…

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Candidate Ireland 2021

Candidate – Ireland Submission by: Municipality of Dublin Project name: Dublin Landings, commercial urban green scape…

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Candidate Hungary 2021

Candidate – Hungary Submission by: Municipality of Kaposvár Project name: Smart Park in the Heart of…

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Candidate Greece 2021

Candidate – Greece Submission by: Municipality of Athens Project name: Fix Park, urban park Short description…

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Candidate Germany 2021

Candidate – Germany Submission by: ArGe Carpinus Kö-Bogen II (Leonhards/Wuppertal und Benning/Havixbeck), Optigrün International AG Project…

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Candidate Denmark 2021

Candidate – Denmark Submission by: Municipality of Aalborg Project name: Budolfi plads, Green Urban Transformation Short…

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Candidate Belgium 2021

Candidate – Belgium Submission by: Municipality of Kortrijk Project name: Kortrijk Weide, urban development project (6.5ha)…

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About the award

The Award is an initiative of the project ‘Green Cities Europe’. This is a platform that stimulates the greening of public space by providing innovative ideas, information based on scientific research and technical expertise. The activities of this platform focus on certain themes: health, climate, economy, biodiversity and social cohesion. The project is an initiative by the ENA (European Nurserystock Association) and nursery organisations in Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Sweden. The award is running in these 13 countries.

Interested in participating in the European Green Cities Award 2022? Please contact your local authorities:

  • BE: Jarne Depaepe, AVBS =>
  • BG: Yuliana Popova, BAOPN =>
  • DK: Henning Roed, Danske Planteskoler =>
  • FR: Emmanuelle Bougault, VAL’HOR =>
  • DE: Markus Guhl, Bund deutscher Baumschulen e.V. =>
  • GR: John Kitantzis, HEPEXIA =>
  • HU: Julianna Csikor, Magyar Díszkertészek Szövetsége =>
  • IE: Michal Slawski, Bord Bia => Michal.Slawski@BordBia.IE
  • IT: Maurizia Castellari, ANVE =>
  • NL: Leon Smet, Royal Anthos =>
  • PL: Joanna Filipczak, Polish Nurserymen Association =>
  • PT: Paula Vilanova, APPP-FN =>
  • SE: Maja Persson, LRF Trädgard =>

Who are the participants?

One project per participating country is allowed in the international competition. The participating countries are: Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, The Netherlands and Sweden. The official submitter is ultimately the party that financed the project.

The judging process

Each participating country sends one jury member. These are the members of the jury:

  • DE: Mr. Jan-Dieter Bruns, Tree Nursery and President of the jury
  • DK: Mr. Morten Weeke Borup, Architect
  • BE: Mr. Rudi Geerardyn, Landscape Architect
  • BG: Ms. Velyana Naidenova, Landscape Architect
  • FR: Mrs. Catherine Muller, Landschape Architect
  • PT: Mr. Albano Moreira, Nurseryman
  • HU: Mr. Gergely Rónai, Horticultural Engineer
  • SE: Mr. Patrick Svenson, Nurseryman
  • IT: Ms. Novella Cappelletti, Landscape Architect
  • GR: Mr. Nikos Thymakis, Landscape Consultant
  • IE: Mr. Michal Slawski, Horticultural sector manager
  • NL: Mr. Tom Bosschaert, Engineer/Architect
  • PL: Mrs. Magdalena Szmit-Siewruk, Landschape Architect
  • IFLA: Diana Culescu, Secretary manager IFLA and Landschape Architect
  • ELCA: Ms. Nesrin Karaoglu, Landscape Architect and Contractor
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