Earlier this summer, Paris quietly passed a
encouraging residents to help green the City of Light by planting their own urban gardens.
The new urban garden program is designed to help beautify and increase green space and biodiversity in the French city.
The City of Paris
The initiative, “permis de végétaliser” (or “license to vegetate”), is part of Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s 2020 target of adding 100 hectares (247 acres) of vegetation on the city’s walls and roofs, with a third dedicated to urban agriculture.
To encourage citizens to
“gardeners of the Parisian public space,” any resident can now apply for a renewable three-year permit to start their own urban garden project. Participants can green the capital in various ways, from planting fruit trees to creating living walls to a rooftop garden. Upon request, the city will also provide a planting kit that includes topsoil and seeds.
Gardeners can get as creative as they want with their greenery, but they are instructed to maintain their installations sustainably and to keep the city’s aesthetics in mind. They are not allowed to use pesticides and can plant only local species. Also, as Condé Nast Traveler noted, “the city has also expressed the need for ‘local honey plants,’ presumably to help grow the world’s
diminishing bee population
By the year 2020, the City of Paris wants to add 100 hectares of vertical gardens and roofs, with a third dedicated to urban agriculture.
The Vertical Gardens by Patric Blanc /
The city of Paris
that its new urban gardening program is designed to encourage biodiversity, meet the need for green spaces, mitigate “
” effect and
, improve air quality and improve the thermal and acoustic comfort of buildings.
Penelope Komitès, who is in charge of green spaces, nature and biodiversity for the city of Paris,
the initiative allows Parisians to help beautify the city while improving their own quality of life at the same time.
The urban garden initiative is only one part of Hidalgo’s
of greening the French capital. The greening program also involves the creation of 30 hectares (74 acres) of public gardens, the planting of 20,000 new trees, 200 revegetation projects and the development of educational farms, orchards and vegetable gardens in schools.
In its continued efforts to fight pollution, the first Sunday of every month is a
in Paris. In March, French Parliament passed a new law mandating that all new buildings constructed in commercial zones must be partially covered by plants or
panels. France also
plastic plates and cutlery, making it the first country in the world to take this step.