Brussels is planning to create its largest urban forest with a project to plant quick-growing trees in Anderlecht, one of the 19 municipalities of the Brussels-Capital Region.
The site is a former Christmas-tree farm on the boundary between Anderlecht and the region of Flanders. The project kicked off last weekend with public events inviting people to join in the planting, which is intended to provide more green space for Anderlecht, where few people have private garden or yard space.
The project is being led by the Redouté-Peiffer Institute, using "an innovative and 100% natural method known as the 'Miyawaki' technique which allows trees to grow much faster." The institute says the method, named for the Japanese botanist who developed it, will allow the 8,400 trees it is planting to grow ten times faster than usual, and to have the ecological conditions of a hundred-year-old forest in ten years.