The Wanderbaumallee consists of trees in planting containers that are temporarily placed on different streets in Munich, where they are cared for by residents as tree sponsors. Once or several times a year, the "avenue" is moved by activists through the streets of Munich to a new location.


Intervention type: Installation / Action
project character: appropriation / planning process
Topic: green city / sustainable mobility
Project goal: Activation / discourse / stabilization

Project location: Munich; various streets; 2019 e.g. Domagkviertel - Gerdrud-Grunow-Straße, Fritz-Winter-Straße, Margarete-Schütte-Lihotzky-Straße, Schlachthofviertel - Zenettiplatz
Project dimension: approx. 16 trees à 1m2 (16m2)

Project period: since 1999, first move in 2019 on 03.05.2019.
Project duration: permanent, moving action lasts 1 day
Project frequency: seasonal
Project timings: ongoing

Open space type: street space - sidewalks
Ownership: public land
Accessibility: not restricted

Clients: none
Project makers: Green City e.V. // activist
project partners: raumzeug, u.v.m. // planner / entrepreneur
Further actors: residents // citizens, entrepreneurs

(Contract) Budget: none
Funding: City of Munich - funding via "Socially Integrative City
Own funds: donations / volunteer work

Planning context ★★★★★
Thematic planning context:
Behind the project is the demand for more green in the street space. It is to be exemplarily shown and experimentally tested, which positive effects and which potential a greening brings along. Overall, the greening process is to be accelerated through awareness-raising work and citizen engagement is to be promoted.

Spatial Planning Reference:
Through the homepage, people can apply for the walking trees in order to test greening as a real experiment for a limited time at a specific location and thus enter into a discourse about permanent tree planting at the location. In 20 years, more than 60 streets have been temporarily enriched by the Wanderbaumallee, resulting in 150 new plantings.

Research sources
Glöckner, Martin, no data. Wanderbaumallee. www.greencity.de/projekt/wanderbaumallee/, 06 Jun 2019.
Glöckner, Martin, no data. How the Wanderbaumallee is changing Munich. www.greencity.de/projekt/wanderbaumallee/, 06 Jun. 2019
Gehlert, Marion, no information, 07.08.2018. Wanderbaumallee: Green City moves 15 trees to Schwabing in a samba parade!. www.muenchen.tv/mediathek/video/wanderbaumallee-green-city-verschiebt-15-baeume-nach-schwabing-in-einer-samba-parade/, 06.06.2019
Written interview from 06/13/2019 and 06/17/2019 with Wolfgang Heidenreich (Green City e.V.).  

Rafael Stutz, Beatrice Leitner

Luca Leinemann, Bernadette Stöckl, Su Gin Ong; Green City e.V. 

Editorial revision
Johann-Christian Hannemann, Felix Lüdicke, Julia Treichel