This project aims to plant over 44,000 trees with a value of nearly CZK 18 million. With the help of Foundation funding, cities and towns all over the Czech Republic have been able to renew tree-lined avenues, build new parks, and plant trees as noise barriers. The cities and towns most involved in the project have been those in the vicinity of coal-fired power plants.
On October 22, 2011, families with children set about planting maples, ashes, and pear trees along the Davle – Měchenice country road. The trees lining the 350-meter long stretch will provide shade in what is otherwise open countryside, adorn the road to the forest, and even offer juicy refreshment to those taking walks in the autumn. Through the “Trees 2011” project, the Nadace ČEZ Foundation donated CZK 191,000 to purchase 60 trees.
“I’m happy to see that people from Davle – adults and children – got involved in planting the trees. That reinforces relations among neighbors and it also makes residents proud that they played a part in creating this beautiful avenue. Each participant got to plant at least one tree of their ‘own’ and even received a certificate,” said Jiří Prokůpek, mayor of Davle.
A new rest zone in Kunice is located on cycling trail No. 0025 that goes from Kunice, through Hrusice, all the way to the Šmejkalka crossing. It opened on November 17, 2011. The project was supported by the Nadace ČEZ Foundation, which donated CZK 163,000 through the “Trees 2011” grant proceeding.
“The rest zone will serve the locals, but will also be a place where cyclists can take a break,” said Jiří Šíma, mayor of Kunice.
In 2010, CEZ Group defended – for the seventh time – its number-one ranking in the TOP Corporate Philanthropist competition in the total donation volume category. In 2011, we also defended first place in the ranking TOP Responsible Company, in the category Biggest Corporate Donor 2011 according to total donation volume. Also in the TOP Responsible Company competition, we received a special award from the Business for Society platform in the category Company and School in recognition of our systematic and strategic approach to developing education and talent in the Czech Republic. In particular, this was in recognition of the results achieved over the past 19 years of our “World of Energy” education program. CEZ Group remains the biggest corporate donor in the Czech Republic, a position it has held for a long time, now.