The Vantaa city area includes altogether 9 000 hectares of forest, of which the city owns approximately 3500 hectares.
The city manages its forests according to the city of Vantaa forest management principles and the 2008-2017 forest management plan. The forest management principles were ratified in the City Planning Committee at October 11, 2006. The city forest management emphasizes maintaining biodiversity and ensuring outdoor recreational activities.
Biodiversity is maintained, for instance, by increasing the amount of decayed wood in the forests and sustaining the natural diversity of tree types. Decayed wood is valuable for the saprophytes that feed on it.
Forest management is a part of landscape management. Dense forests are thinned in order to keep them healthy and sustainable. For instance, recreational trails can be opened by thinning the trees and undergrowth.
In order to ensure safety, deteriorated trees are removed from the vicinity of trails and buildings. The city of Vantaa has a forest management plan based on the city of Vantaa forest management principles. The city forest management plan is for years 2008-2017. The plan represents the required management measures for forests.
The forest management plan can be viewed in the City of Vantaa Map Services at kartta.vantaa.fi, under "Environment".
Management of rural areas
The Vantaa city area includes almost 4 000 hectares of field. The city owns almost 800 hectares, of which 382 hectares is managed by the city farms. The fields of the city farms are mostly located in western Vantaa, and they are managed from Katrineberg estate, situated in Seutula.
The management objective for the city-owned fields is stated in the Green Area Program: "Open cultural landscapes will remain well-managed". Because of cultivation, the cultural landscape of Vantaa will remain diverse, productive, and vital. The agricultural landscape can retain its culture-historical, ecological, and aesthetic value only if cultivation is continued. The city farms provide possibilities for outdoor activities and try out new cultivation and landscaping methods.
Management of cultural landscapes
The city together with different organizations make yearly cultivation tests on the city-owned fields. The objective of these tests is to develop new and more ecological cultivation methods and procedures.
In 2015, city-managed fields grow:
spring wheat 85 ha
winter wheat 31 ha
winter rye 33 ha
malt barley 87 ha
rapeseed 28 ha
perennial green fallow 46 ha
landscape flower fields 4 ha
Landscape flower fields
In 2015, sunflower, cornflower, marigold and bluebell will be cultivated in landscape flower fields in different parts of Vantaa. The residents can pick up flowers for their own pleasure in designated fields, which will be advertised and marked with location directories and signs.
Cherishing cultural heritage
The Friends of Vantaa Folklore Society and the City of Vantaa annually organize rye harvesting in Seutula during which rye is harvested with traditional methods and new rye is planted in furrows.