NBS 3: Community urban gardening and farming
Post-industrial areas often lack green spaces for public use. Turning unused urban land into productive community gardens can have a positive impact on locals, contributing to improved mental and physical health through exposure to nature and healthy sources of food and a community feeling.
A 10,000m2 food forest - a self-sustaining woodland ecosystem designed for food production - will be created together with local residents next to the Huckarde district.
Additionally a permaculture orchard with fruits, nuts and berries, will enhance soil fertility. Located next to the open vegetation on the slopes of the former landfill site of Deusenberg (NBS 1), the orchard will increase availability of pollinator flora, thus creating a connection to NBS 8 (pollinator biodiversity).
Abandoned parts of the Sangone Park will be redesigned and used for community urban gardens. The aim is to improve the safety of the area and encourage community activities and productivity.
In the Piemonte Park, 2.5 hectares of land will be used for social farming activities including teaching, training and for job placements.
Additionally a pollinator garden with an apiary for honey production will be developed on a former industrial site, linking NBS 3 with NBS 8.
The Sesvete ‘City Garden’ will initially have around 100 units (and can be extended to new areas at a later stage). The garden will enable locals to grow traditional vegetables, herbs and flowers. This is one of 12 ‘City Gardens’ created in Zagreb since 2013.
A nursery at the park entrance will serve as an educational centre for local schools. Food production will be organic and the water pumps will be run on solar power.
Cascais will create urban gardens for local organic food production. The aim is not only to produce for own-consumption but also to sell under the local brand ‘lands of Cascais products’.
Following the success of similar urban gardening projects in the city, Cluj-Napoca will regenerate the post-industrial land (and its soil) in the areas flanking central rail tracks. The aim is to create new jobs and opportunities for marginalized groups.
Derelict, former-industrial land will be regenerated into community gardens, improving the micro-climate and providing opportunities for locals to have more contact with nature.