The planting action has already begun, covering an area of 800 square meters, between the station and an ecovia.
According to a note from the Guimarães municipality, Braga district, the space will have 300 trees and 700 shrubs of species such as chestnut, oak, strawberry and ash, and “different shelters for species”, seeking to “promote biodiversity”.
The “urban forest” is being developed according to the “Miyawaki method”, developed by the Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki, which aims to stabilise the average temperature of the area in which it is located and to give “new life to abandoned or uncultivated land”.
The City Council of Guimarães explains, in a statement, that these forests in urban areas present "rapid growth and a high rate of carbon dioxide absorption", and are "fresh spaces", in addition to functioning as "sound barriers" and being "visually pleasant” and useful for “improving air quality”.
The initiative is part of the Limp.AR project, financed by the Environmental Fund of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Action with 29,840 euros and developed by the Landscape Laboratory in partnership with the University of Minho and the Guimarães 2030 Mission Structure, a discussion platform for sustainable development in the county.
This project aims to “improve air quality and noise in urban centres”, seeking to “foster the integration of vegetation in urban areas as a way to increase carbon capture”, namely in “places with a high presence of car traffic”.