Spending time in the outdoors is a guaranteed way to relieve stress and actively engage in a positive lifestyle. But, with time and space becoming an ever-diminishing commodity in our lives, getting your patch of green close to home is becoming more and more important. Cue the rise of good old-fashioned community gardening.
Gardening is a very healthy and positive hobby, on so many levels; you get your daily dose of sunshine and fresh air, reconnect with the earth, and get a bit of exercise within relative proximity to your home. All you need is a small patch of earth, some seeds and a trowel and you’re up and running.
The increase in urban gardening has resulted in a greening movement that is good for the environment, fosters community and in some cases even provides organic product for surrounding areas.
So, even if you live in an apartment there is bound to be a community gardening project nearby. So, search for a project in your area and dig in!
Here are 5 urban community garden projects to inspire you.
London, Culpeper Community Garden
Culpeper Community Garden is a beautiful public open space in the heart of Islington, London, which serves both as a city park and as an environmental community project. Managed by and for local people, it is a unique project where people from all walks of life come together to appreciate and enhance their environment.
Cape Town, The Oranjezicht City Farm
Situated in a suburb at the foot of Table Mountain, the Oranjezicht City Farm (OZCF) is a non-profit project celebrating local food, culture and community through urban farming in Cape Town. All are welcome to join from novices to experienced gardeners.
Guerilla Gardening is a growing group established in 2008 as part of the Kukuma-Network. GGardening is an independent group that deals with the theoretical and practical aspect of urban greening and guerilla gardening. Instead of waiting for a political party to give them an approval, they simply start planting on their own, using public spaces to cultivate agricultural crops for their own consumption.
Istanbul, The Bostan
The word Bostan means ‘garden near your house, where you grow your daily food.’ But, rapid urbanization has seen the virtual eradication of the Bostan in modern Istanbul. One man wants to change that; Gursan Ergil has developed a project called ‘Create Your Own Garden’ using only one square meter.
So, roll up your sleeves, put on an old t-shirt, a pair of torn jeans and get out there and get your hands dirty! You’ll feel better for it.