The city of Vienna supports neighborhood and community gardens under the motto “gardening together” and thus creates a framework that facilitates access to nature for residents of the city.
The citizens of Vienna are increasingly taking up their garden implements and creating little gems of communal, self-determined urban cultivation. Under the banners of “urban farming” and “urban gardening” a framework is being created that promotes closeness to nature within the city and self-initiatives. And last but not least, the personal experience gained can provide a wealth of knowledge on the production and quality of food.
Over recent decades, new forms of urban agriculture such as community gardens have been developing all over the world. Urban farming establishes a framework for experiencing nature in an urban environment, for a do-it-yourself culture and thus creates a relation to the production of food. Social interaction and community spirit are major benefits of this gardening culture, forming the foundations for further involvement in the local neighbourhood.
Vienna promotes neighbourhood gardens, enabling the city’s residents to create and maintain their own green spaces even in the most densely populated districts.
Using the motto “Gemeinsam garteln verbindet” (gardening together forges links), the City of Vienna has been actively promoting neighbourhood and community gardens since 2010. Many projects have already been implemented, while some are still in the development stages.
The gardens do not only enrich the green spaces in urban districts, but also promote community living and neighbourly interaction at a local level. Following the examples of other cities with populations in the millions, such as Paris, Berlin, London and New York, community gardens are springing up all over Vienna. Schools and pre-school groups are involved in many of the projects.
Website: Gardening in Vienna
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