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Saint-Gilles has least amount of green space in Brussels

18:43 18/03/2019

Saint-Gilles has the least percentage of green space of all of Brussels’ 19 municipalities. Only 16% of the commune is green, meaning park, garden or forest.

It is followed very closely, however, by Saint-Josse at 17%. The next municipality already does much better; Etterbeek has 26% green space.

The figures comes from the office of the region’s environment minister, Céline Fremault (CDH). She had aerial images of the municipalities analysed to assess where more green space was needed.

The municipality with the most green space is Watermael-Boitsfort, at a whopping 88%. While this has something to do with the ample back gardens attached to all those very large houses, it’s also because a significant part of the Sonian Forest is in the commune.

Not surprisingly, Uccle came in second for the most green space, while Auderghem came third. As a whole, the Brussels region is 54.5% green space, which is quite good compared to other capital cities. Vienna, for instance, has 45.5% green space, while Rome has 35%. London has only 33% green space.

How green is your municipality?

Watermael-Boitsfort

88%

Uccle

78%

Auderghem

73%

Woluwe-Saint-Pierre

69%

Ganshoren

57%

Jette

56%

Berchem-Sainte-Agathe

52%

Woluwe-Saint-Lambert

52%

Anderlecht

51%

Evere

50%

Brussel-City

43%

Koekelberg

38%

Molenbeek-Saint-Jean

37%

Forest

36%

Ixelles

33%

Schaerbeek

31%

Etterbeek

26%

Saint-Josse

17%

Saint-Gilles

16%

 

Written by Lisa Bradshaw

Comments

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What saves Saint-Gilles is that two enormous, spectacular parks in Forest (Parc de Forest and Parc Duden) are right next to Saint-Gilles; the other thing is that Saint-Gilles' only park, Parc Pierre-Paul Paulus, is three parks in one, three very different environments next to each other.

Mar 18, 2019 21:55