‘We want to welcome you here in Bestensee.’
Green City Solutions, the German company behind Cork’s controversial new ‘robot trees’, has issued an open invitation to the people of Cork to take a look inside its moss farm via virtual tour at the end of the month.
The €350,000 ‘CityTrees’, five of which were installed on St Patrick’s Street near French Church Street as part of a suite of measures laid out in Cork City Council’s Air Quality Strategy, have been targeted by protestors and labeled as a costly gimmick by critics.
With four more City Trees now installed on Grand Parade near Cork City Library, Cork City Council has defended the units, pointing to scientific studies by the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research that show that the moss cleans about 80% of fine dust from the air.
Now the CEO and co-founder of Green City Solutions Peter Sänger is asking for a chance to show the company’s detractors “where natural mosses and smart senor technology come together to improve the air in cities” with a virtual event on Monday, August 30th, 2021.
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“There is more to our natural superhero moss than meets the eye! Mosses bind fine dust, some are antiseptic, antiviral and fungicidal—true all-rounders for air pollution control and health.” the company explained.
“Mosses have a huge surface, comparable to the human lung. On this surface, fine dust particles from the air sucked in are electrostatically attracted and stick, so to speak, similar to a microfiber cloth.”
Green City Solutions have built the world‘s first vertical moss farm in Bestensee near Berlin, where 1,200 m² of moss grows on vertical moss mats. To attend the virtual tour and check out the company’s claims for yourself, sign up for the event via Eventbrite here.