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Madrid: Chanel fashion house helps restore the “green lung” in the Spanish capital

The Royal Botanical Gardens in MADRID have had a facelift thanks to investment from the fashion brand Chanel.

The design house restored the Botanical Gardens Rose Garden in 2021, which is home to 140 different types of roses, and this year will fund the introduction of nine new rose species as well as new pathways in the gardens.

The gardens are seen as a key ‘green lung’ for the capital, helping to improve air quality and the lives of local residents.

Thanks to Chanel, the “Development and maintenance of gardens and green spaces” and “Management and maintenance of trees and ornamental plants” training courses will train young people aged 18 to 24 in jobs in the field.

Two other courses on medicinal and aromatic plants will be financed, as well as an olfactory workshop on perfume in the Quercus school and workshop space in the gardens.

The Royal Botanic Gardens recently fully reopened after several landmarks were restored, including the gates, arbors and 30 of the gardens’ fountains.

Before work began almost a year ago, after areas classified as Assets of Cultural Interest (BIC), such as Puerta del Rey and sections of Paseo del Prado, were found to be in a state of deterioration.

Funding to repair the green site came from the Spanish Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda program for the conservation of historic heritage, as well as funding from the government’s Superior Council for Scientific Research (CSIC).

The gardens have been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since July 2021, and those involved in its management point to its importance to science and botany in Spain.