Beautiful multi-stem trees decorate the unique green Palace Bridge in Den Bosch. An unusual city park has been created on this pedestrian bridge, which was designed by Mels Crouwel, featuring the sustainable species Betula nigra ‘Heritage’, Broussonetia papyrifera, Gymnocladus dioica, Maackia amurensis and Styphnolobium japonicum. The planting plan is characterised by three distinct green zones, each with its own character and flowering period, which offer a wonderful contrast to the corten steel construction of the bridge itself.
The city park was designed by Piet Oudolf, who took inspiration for the green bridge in Den Bosch from the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. Aside from urban greenery, the bridge also contributes to sustainability in another way. A system for heating and cooling storage has been constructed under the bridge deck. The heat that is stored in the summer is used to heat the floor in the winter and minimise salt spraying.