Investing in green and local connections
With the construction of the Ring, surrounding residential areas, nature and forest areas were intersected and waterways were covered. This created barriers for humans and animals and fragmented the habitat for flora and fauna. We are using the redevelopment of the Ring to restore the connections, both for man and nature.
Local connections come in many guises: large approach roads crossing the Ring or local streets between residential areas, connections over and under the Ring for the cycle route network or green links. These connections should provide a connecting public space between the residential areas and landscapes along both sides of the Ring. We are making bridges greener and integrate them into the landscape. We open underpasses so that enough natural light flows in.
Wherever possible, we give back space to the surroundings and reinforce existing green zones. By means of eco passages and tunnels at strategically chosen locations, we reconnect isolated natural areas.
Large green conglomerations
The Vlaamse Rand has a number of large recreational green conglomerations: the Laarbeekbos in Jette, the Tangebeekbos and the Drie Fonteinen domain in Vilvoorde and the Woluwe valley in Zaventem and Sint-Stevens-Woluwe.
Open space areas
In addition, there are numerous valuable open space areas, such as the area around Hooghof and Ronkelhof, the fields on the Populierendal and the open space on the Woluweveld. We want to reconnect all these areas in a qualitative way.
Below is the map showing all green connections along the Ring.