The transformation of this plain will figure as part of a clean-up act, as the location in question has been used as a dumping ground for Paris’ filth for decades. Since 1896, Paris has sprayed its sewage residue across Pierrelaye-Bessancourt’s fields, and tests in the 1990s showed the soil had become heavily polluted with heavy metals.
However, the area’s transformation into a forest will bring many benefits, including creating a new wildlife haven, and serving as a noise and pollution screen against the busy highways.
With the pressure of climate change, the city of Paris understands that urban surfaces must be adapted. The idea is that as gardens and trees grow, they help stop climate change by removing carbon dioxide from the air.
These eco-friendly measures will champion as this century’s grandest urban re-greening projec the French capital has ever seen. The plan has actually been in the pipeline for more than 15 years.
Held back by ongoing debates about the best use of the area, the project only started to take shape in 2018, now that a number of political representatives from the department are on board. It will take 30 to 50 years for the forest to reach maturity.