The city park of Maastricht is known for its richness and diversity of trees. Tapijn also has extraordinary and rare trees. These trees come from all over the world. Some originate from America or Asia, such as the bald cypress, the dawn redwood, and the magnolia. Others, such as the English oak, the lime tree, and the ash, are more familiar to us. They are indigenous and also grow in our forests. Recently, fruit trees were also planted along the river Jeker. In future, hikers visiting Tapijn in summer, can enjoy the fruits of apple and plum trees.
Relationship with humans
Why we do what we do
People have a thing for trees. It is not for nothing that the felling of a number of trees on the Tapijn grounds has provoked many protests. Traditionally, people feel a great connection with the trees in their surroundings. Trees have provided us with fuel, building materials, and food. Trees play a role in almost all religions. There are sacred trees and there are trees under which justice has administered. Trees were planted as a signposts and as memorials. Today, we are becoming increasingly aware that we need trees for a healthy environment. The trees in the park provide shade and coolness. Trees filter the air, capture fine particulates, and beautify the streetscape. In short: they are a breath of fresh air in the city.