Hills in the middle of Barcelona metropolitan area declared natural park

The Catalan Government has declared the Collserola hills as a Natural Park. The old project has experienced several delays, but today it got the green light. The mountains will now have special protection and further construction will go through strict controls.


October 19, 2010 11:39 PM

Barcelona (ACN).- Barcelona’s metropolitan area, which has a population of more than 4 million people, will have a giant protected green lung. Collserola hills, which limit the Barcelona municipality with the crowded county of Vallès Occidental, are in the middle of the metropolitan area. The hills are covered with green, forest space, sprinkled with some residential neighbourhoods. Collserola is famous for hosting the Tibidabo church and attraction park, as well as Norman Foster’s telecommunication tower, which dominates Barcelona’s skyline. The Catalan Government approved Collserola’s declaration as a Natural Park today.

8,295 hectares of hilly forests and parks will have now special protection. Construction plans will have to go through stricter approval procedures. The park will also have a special development plan to make its large green spaces accessible for citizens and preserve wildlife such as boars. Collserola will be called Barcelona’s green lung and larger recreation area.