SUGi
Belgium

Mechelen, Belgium

Car Park Forest

Transforming a concrete car park into a thriving urban forest

Parks
Land Forest
Miyawaki Method
Urban

Mechelen Forest will rewild a car park on the edge of Mechelen city and restore a flourishing ecosystem, brimming with biodiversity. This peaceful space will serve to support both people and planet. In its current state, the 1500 Sq m area is a generator of pollution, as fumes from gathering cars are expelled into the atmosphere. This will be actively reversed by planting a SUGi Pocket Forest. Using the Miyawaki method and planting only native trees, the site will become a crucial, protected corridor in which wildlife and flora can thrive.

The forest will also enable local residents — including the children visiting a nearby farm and playground — to breathe cleaner air and observe ‘rewilding’ in action.

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4,050

TREES

1,350

SQUARE METERS

21

NATIVE SPECIES

Forest Partner

Car Park
Car Park Forest!

'Trees can do without people. But man, a city, a village, a neighbourhood cannot exist without trees...we are working towards a city where greenery is not a filler for leftover plots, but the solid blue-green network that embraces and supports the city.’

Patrick Princen, Alderman for Public Works, Nature and Green Development in Mechelen

Community plant Miyawaki forest
Mulch of hay being layed at the freshly planted forest.
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