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More workers for Parks and Gardens to manage urban greenery better

11/08/2017 - 23:05

The Municipal Institute of Parks and Gardens has taken on 33 new workers with the aim of guaranteeing good service and helping to green up public spaces.

Urban nature helps towards sustainability in the city, the balance of the ecosystem and general wellbeing among residents. Protecting urban greenery also helps make the city more inhabitable for birds and other species which control infestations and keep the city healthier for people.

A total of 101 gardening auxiliaries in four years

In order to ensure greater and better quality of urban green space and conserve urban biodiversity, the Municipal Institute of Parks and Gardens will be taking on 101 gardening auxiliaries by the end of 2019.

In addition to the 24 gardening auxiliary positions offered in 2017, in the first intake of personnel in nine years, 33 more workers from the job pool deriving from that same recruitment process have now been added and start their training today. A further 41 places will soon be approved in different categories.

The incorporation of workers also ties in with the aim of increasing the staff structure and moving towards the municipalisation of essential services. The move also puts the staff cuts of recent years in check and forms part of the City Council’s Human Resources Plan 2015-2019.

Parks and Gardens, managing the city’s natural heritage

The Municipal Institute of Parks and Gardens uses environmental sustainability criteria in its work to manage the city’s green spaces. This natural heritage consists of 89 parks, 940 hectares of urban greenery, 314,000 trees, 4,584 plant beds, over 870 children’s play areas and 106 dog zones.