Background

For many people, private gardens play an essential role in improving their quality of life.

Their ecological benefits are manifold: they produce oxygen, purify the air, contribute to biodiversity, and regulate temperature and humidity. This biodiversity also helps to protect the soil and make the atmosphere around living spaces more pleasant. There are many gardens in Luxembourg City, and most residents wish for their gardens to be aesthetically pleasing, while also preserving biodiversity.

Many of the large-scale roadworks projects in Luxembourg City can have an impact on these havens of nature, whether as a result of the roadworks themselves or works to connect private properties to utility networks.

To safeguard the interests of the capital's residents, the City of Luxembourg has established a charter setting out all the precautions that construction companies should take to protect privately owned green spaces.

Before the works

How to protect gardens when carrying out works

Conduct an assessment of the entire site before the works start

An assessment of the state of the front garden, with photos, should be undertaken by the construction company, in the owner's presence, before commencing the works to ensure that the garden is left in its initial state after the works have been completed.

During the works

Execution of the works in accordance with best practices

  • 1. Storage of construction equipment and materials.
    • Store equipment and meterial away from plants, on a tarpaulin, without destroying or damaging existing vegetation.
  • 2. Avoid trampling existing plants
  • 3. Remove existing vegetation and store it correctly.
    • Arable soil and plants should be removed and set aside; and watered, if necessary; or, as a last resort, plants and vegetation should be replaced by the construction company.
  • 4. Where possible, avoid driving works vehicles
    • within the radius of root systems to avoid compacting the soil.
  • 5. Carry out excavation works by hand
    • – or at least, prioritise doing so when possible – without damaging the vegetation around trenches.
  • 6. Protect tree trunks.
  • 7. Never store works-related equipment near tree trunks.
    • This may damage their roots.
  • 8. Avoid damaging roots
    • when carrying out earthworks.
  • 9. Avoid cutting or damaging roots.
    • If this is not possible, contact the resident to discuss to what extent damaged plants or trees could be replaced.
  • 10. Avoid polluting the soil.
  • 11. When filling in trenches, use as little sand as possible.
    • Plants cannot grow properly unless the soil is rich in nutrients. Trenches should therefore be backfilled with high-quality arable soil, and when backfilling in vegetated areas the soil should not be mechanically compacted.
  • 12. Avoid mixing arable soil
    • with sand and stones removed from trenches.

Once the works have been completed

An acceptance-of-works meeting between the owner of the property and the construction company should be held, referring to the initial state of the property to confirm that the works have been carried out in an appropriate manner.

Short video of the ground rules