Green spaces get greener all around the city

Ecological management and the greening up of natural spaces is being applied in all city districts, with a boost in vegetation, plants being left to grow in tree beds and less tree pruning, as well as measures to protect autochthonous species, foster biodiversity and prompt greater contact between people and nature, improving health and quality of life.

13/06/2018 18:27 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

The green infrastructures measure should add an extra square metre of greenery per person between now and 2030, meaning 160 hectares in total, greater co-responsibility with citizens, and an improvement in the quality of greenery to maximise social and landscape benefits.

In the last year and a half, 22 large natural spaces have been greened up, covering over 16,000 square metres in total and 10 ponds; vegetation has been planted in 1,300 tree beds and nearly 7,000 square metres of flower groups have been added: twenty insect facilities and over 260 nesting facilities for birds have also been installed, enriching the landscape and helping to combat infestations at the same time.

In addition, as the city moves towards the ecological management of its green spaces, the use of chemical weed killer has been eliminated and plant protection products have been reduced. The diversification of species has also been encouraged with priority being given to autochthonous species of flora and fauna which adapt best to the city climate. Similarly, tree pruning is being carried out respecting nature, vegetation is being allowed to grow in tree beds, the use of water is being optimised etc.

More health, more well-being, more biodiversity

This new model for managing urban greenery helps combat the effects of climate change, with better air quality and temperature control, also creating a more pleasant urban landscape with new meeting places and recreational opportunities. This incentivises outdoor life and people’s well-being, as well as protecting the city’s flora and fauna.

Greening up all districts

Work has been done in all city districts to improve the quality of urban greenery. Examples include the following:

Ciutat Vella: mixed flowers which last years longer in C/ Doctor Aiguader; bat nesting tower at the Sant Pau del Camp municipal allotments.

L’Eixample: special interest biodiversity garden and insect hotel in the Parc de Joan Miró; tree beds to encourage the presence of fauna to devour infestations in C/ Aragó and Plaça del Doctor Letamendi.

Gràcia: pasture in C/ Torrent del Remei; spontaneous plants in tree beds in Av. Vallcarca.

Horta: flower meadow of special biodiversity interest and a bat nesting tower in C/ Benlliure; pasture in Camí de Cal Notari.

Les Corts: bushes of special interest to attract fauna in the Jardins de William Shakespeare; less pruning in Av. Diagonal; insect hotel in the Parc de Cervantes.

Nou Barris: flower meadow in C/ Palamós and Plaça de Karl Marx; green rooftop on the Biblioteca Zona Nord.

Sant Andreu: selective pruning and biotronics in the Parc de la Trinitat; spontaneous plants in the tree beds in Passeig de l’Havana.

Sant Martí: adapted parterres on the seafront in Passeig Marítim de la Mar Bella; flowers of special biodiversity interest at Illa d’Ada Byron; selective pruning in Passeig de Garcia Fària.

Sants-Montjuïc: biodivesrity area of special interest in the Jardins del Valent Petit; natural ponds in the Jardins de Mossèn Cinto Verdaguer.

Sarrià – Sant Gervasi: area with spontaneous flora in C/ Plantada and at the Tanatori de Sant Gervasi; bat nesting tower at the Collserola municipal allotments.