MOME students planted forests over 5 hectares in just one day

Date: 2023.12.01
This November, as part of a three-day event, MOME students, teachers, and employees together planted a total of 20,000 saplings – the first MOME forest – in Garabonc in Zala county with help from forest engineers and environmental protection professionals of the Balaton Uplands National Park. Braving strong wind and rain, the University community was working over an area of 5 hectares (equivalent to 10 football pitches), planting 20,000 trees in record time.

The action forms part of a larger project named MOME Zero, launched in 2022 to help neutralise MOME’s harmful emissions. As such, the University works with the Balaton Uplands, Danube-Drava and Duna-Ipoly National Parks to plant new forests that will contribute to reducing MOME’s carbon footprint in the future.  

The first phase of the initiative involved the forest planting in November, which was also aimed at giving the 200 participating students a better understanding of sustainability, providing a live ecological laboratory for university research, and strengthening the bonds between University citizens through community building activities.

The night prior the action, climate optimist, author of the The Climate Optimist Handbook and TED speaker Anne Therese Gennari gave a talk to the participants on the site. Right before the planting, students were given a short theoretical and practical briefing about the planting of saplings with a tree planting spade, then, divided into pairs, proceeded to plant 20,000 alder saplings, each roughly 50 centimetres tall, using 99 spades, in the prepared soil over an area fenced off to provide protection from wild animals.  

It was a measure of their determination that they persevered throughout the day despite the pouring rain and fierce wind. As the staff of the Balaton Uplands National Park put it, “Planting 5 hectares of forest in one day is a feat unprecedented in Hungary”. According to the organisers, planting the first MOME forest together was a fantastic experience, and they are thankful to everyone who was there.

After the surging of the saplings in the spring, the next chapter will include continued care and management of the planted area, and the planting of the next 5 hectares of forest.  

Students of the Kisalföldi Center of Agricultural Vocational Training, Gyula Roth High School of Forestry were also involved in the planting. 

More news

Providing an opportunity for 23 young talents from Hungary’s poorest regions to pursue creative studies, the Tomorrow belongs to you – For the creative talents of the future programme launched on 9 February with a host of community and professional activities, and a tour of Budapest.

Next year, Hungary’s first astronaut will be launched into space. How will space research change the world 20 years from now? How and what can the universe teach us? These are some of the questions The Jump into the future! 2024 creative competition of the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design asks, inviting teams of 7th to 10th grade students or friends from Hungary and the other side of the border who are interested in the future, are full of ideas, and would enjoy designing a science fiction item or service.

As one of the most significant social responsibility commitments in the history of MOME, in the summer of 2023, we announced a unique, comprehensive nation-wide scholarship and talent program in Hungarian higher education titled "Tomorrow belongs to you – For the creative talents of the future’. The program aims to support and guide students from disadvantaged backgrounds, ensuring their journey to a successful university admission.
Member of the European
Network of
Higher Education Institutions
9 Zugligeti St,
Budapest, 1121