Between now and the end of March, the organisation responsible for trees and parks in Budapest, FŐKERT, will be replanting the greenery along one of Buda’s prettiest boulevards, Szilágyi Erzsébet fasor. Running from the transport hub of Széll Kálmán tér, via Városmajor park, to leafy, residential Hűvösvölgyi út, this peaceful thoroughfare is lined with 628 trees, more than half of which require serious attention if not replacing.

Named after the Queen Mother of Hungary who provided her son King Mátyás with an outstanding education in the mid-1400s, Szilágyi Erzsébet fasor was established in 1962 when two long promenades were merged.

Ashes, horse chestnuts, Japanese acacias and Mediterranean hackberries provide shade and greenery here but many are in poor condition and require pruning, even replacing. The work should be completed by the end of March.

The area has been recently been in the news for similar environmental reasons. Városmajor, the first public gardens in Buda, is currently being revamped, while a green corridor is being created along this side of the river to improve air quality in traffic-clogged Pest.