ARTIST’S IMPRESSION: The proposed garden bridge across the N-340 road at Puente Romano

MARBELLA town hall has announced it is building three ‘vertical gardens’, costing a total of €150,000.

The new parks in the sky will be located at Puente Romano, Avenida del Mar and Avenida Canovas del Castillo.

The projects, which are set to be finished in about six weeks, focus on pedestrian walkways and areas surrounding busy roads.

CONNECTION: The new garden bridge across the N-340 will link the green areas either side

All the hanging gardens will have built-in irrigation systems with overflow channels underneath, and will be remote-controlled.

But these projects will cost a mere drop in the ocean compared to former London Mayor Boris Johnson’s failed River Thames project.

That pie in the sky idea used €50 million of British taxpayers’ money even though the project was abandoned and nothing was ever built.

SCRAPPED: The ‘garden bridge’ scheme across the River Thames in London was abandoned in 2017

The bridge across the N-340 road at Puente Romano will see a 109 square-metre face-lift, as it is transformed into a network of flowers and shrubbery.

Meanwhile, the overpass near Juan Ramon Jimenez School on Avenida Canovas del Castillo will get a green upgrade of 27 square metres.

At Avenida del Mar the underground car park will see floral installations at its exits on Avenida Miguel Cano and Calle el Fuerte.

CONGESTION: The new projects focus on pedestrian areas near busy roads, like the pedestrian walkway here over Avenida Canovas del Castillo

The vertical gardens project aims to ‘make Marbella more green,’ according to the Councilor for Parks and Gardens, Javier Garcia.

A statement from the mayor’s office said: “The proposed projects offer numerous benefits at an economic, ecological and social level.

“They will benefit air purification, the reduction of both the ambient temperature and indoor and outdoor environmental noise, and increase the value of the environment.”

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