Car Park Forest
Transforming a concrete car park into a thriving urban forest
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.
Forest Maker Nicolas de Brabandère
'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