Madrid has launched various ecological restoration initiatives to increase vegetation coverage in its urban environment, with new interconnected green areas, a metropolitan forest and neighbourhood projects.
The Madrid City Council has launched an ambitious plan to increase green areas, plant hundreds of thousands of trees and interconnect natural areas with the existing network of parks. This urban strategy entitled Madrid Isla de Color (Madrid Island of Colour) builds on various initiatives. Although its most iconic space will be the future Metropolitan Forest, a 600-hectare green corridor encircling the city, the plan also includes smaller interventions in vacant lots or neighbouring communities to re-naturalise several urban spaces. The Arco Verde project, a regional ring of forests connecting different municipalities around the capital, will complement these municipal initiatives.
This post reviews the main initiatives focused on populating Madrid with green areas in the coming years, from the most extensive, at the regional level, to small local interventions.