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Brussels Mobility plans to convert more urban areas into green spaces

Illustration picture shows the Havenlaan / Avenue Du Port in Brussels. (BELGA PHOTO NICOLAS MAETERLINCK)
05:22 12/10/2021

Brussels Mobility is taking advantage of the planting season to continue its programme of making public spaces greener. This year, 10,000m² covered with concrete or asphalt will be converted into green zones, the Brussels administration in charge of mobility said on Monday.

Since 2020, Brussels Mobility has been carrying out numerous local projects that increase soil permeability, how water runs through the ground, and improve runoff management.

"This winter, we will once again be carrying out dozens of small greening projects,” said Brussels mobility minister Elke Van den Brandt. “It is by putting all these small interventions together, by examining the places to be made greener, neighbourhood by neighbourhood, street by street, that we will achieve our goal: to make the city more pleasant for its inhabitants, and to arm ourselves against the consequences of climate change."

Over the next few months, dozens of interventions are planned. Among these, the tarmacked areas at the intersection of Chaussée de Mons and Rue de Dover, in Anderlecht, will be converted into a rain garden.

On the Chaussée d'Etterbeek, between the Rue de la Loi bridge and the railway bridge, five new trees will be planted, and a rain garden will also be created.

Between the beginning of 2020 and the beginning of 2022, 20,000m², the equivalent of two football fields, will have been vegetated along the roads and in public spaces.

Written by Nick Amies