Greenery

The SUN project’s urban neighbourhoods, with their industrial era legacies, suffer from a deficit of environmental quality and in particular of green spaces, in comparison with other districts. As the benefits of nature in town require no further demonstration (air quality, temperature control, general well-being, quality of the landscape, and so on),  the SUN project will seek to reinforce the presence of nature in the districts that are involved. As land recycling for the creation of new green spaces is not easy in practice, one possibility will be to green the fringe between the public and the private domain (frontages, blind façades, etc). This exercise will be difficult for the cities to manage on their own, but with the participation of the residents, it will become possible. Each district will nevertheless have to find, through exchanges organised at local and euregional levels, its own greening strategy.

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Leader of this action

LEMA-ULg (Belgium)

Operational Team

2011-06-16 | Success for Saint Léon'ART

The St Léonard district is home to a vibrant art scene. On the weekend of 6–8 May 2011, the district was transformed into one giant exhibition, and residents and passers-by alike were invited to discover some of the district’s artistic locations, both well known and obscure.

2011-04-29 | Végétaliz'action campaign video 2010

On 20 September, a film presenting the green community projects organised as part of the Végétaliz'action campaign 2010 was shown to the project sponsors for the 2011 campaign. The film can be viewed on the website of the St-Léonard SAC [Service d’Activités Citoyennes – community support service] at http://sac-saintleonard.be/.

2011-04-29 | ‘Big bags’ as plant pots in St-Léonard

After much debate and many discussions with the town’s landscaping department and the University of Liège, five groups of residents from St-Léonard district set about making giant plant pots out of ‘big bags’ and protective fencing out of chestnut wood. These giant plant pots can now be found in four locations throughout the district.

2011-03-21 | St-Léonard looks for shopkeeper

At the end of 2009, a survey was conducted among the residents of the district to better identify what they needed in terms of shops nearby.

The results highlighted that the residents wanted to see specific shops open up such as: an artisan bakery, an organic grocer’s, a sandwich bar, etc.

In February, large screens summarising what was missing in the district were put up in the empty shops in order to encourage such business to move in!

More info and results of this survey can be read on the french page.

2011-02-04 | Insulation purchase group sites in St-Léonard

During December 2010, a group order for insulation work was placed with contractors to be carried out at some fifteen sites in the St-Léonard district of Liège. Thus over 1200 m2 of walls and flooring have been insulated. The product used for these various sites comes in liquid form and mainly consists of vegetable oils. Sprayed on at a temperature of 60°, it forms a soft flexible foam within 6 seconds.