Wild flowers have bloomed and animal life has flourished in Valencia's parks and gardens during the corona crisis, as less maintenance has allowed them to grow more biodiverse.
The unhindered growth of flowers and plants has attracted pollinating insects that benefit the fauna and control disease in the urban ecosystem, announced Valencia's vice mayor responsible for urban ecology, Sergi Campillo, this week.
"We have decided to take advantage of the situation and conserve them in this state to promote biodiversity in Valencia", he said.
It also means less time and money will be needed to maintain the new wild areas, he added, freeing up resources for other parts of the city's parks and gardens.
In total 14 green areas with a combined area of 75,000 square metres - the equivalent of more than 10 football pitches - will now be biodiversity zones with signs being put up to inform the public.