A Forest Built on Coal
While decision makers where still thinking of how to tackle the situation, nature had already decided and many of the abandoned mine areas had turned into beautiful small forests. Pioneer trees were already taking over and a small scale but nevertheless interesting example of urban biodiversity was developing. Though the areas are relatively small, they have the advantage that all the mines used to be connected in the past by railroads. These tracks, now covered with trees and bushes, form a perfect corridor from one site to another, contributing to an even richer biodiversity in the so-called “urban forests”. It is only a matter of time before the first foxes and deer will appear in Rheinelbe.