I started this gardens 11 years ago, as a citizen action to reclaim a space surrounding the street trees, a space used before as a toilet for dogs. A individual action followed by a neighbors action and supported at this time by the district council. Today we are still few citizens and shop owners taking care of “our” gardens and this year the district council is taking care of the cleaning and general maintenance. I can say for the first time that the gardens are stable and self supporting. The birth of a micro Eco system. The bees are back.
On my last trip to Nantes France I proposed to a garden commission to build a path to unite a citizen garden project. I’m happy to see that they developed the idea on a such beautiful way.
France24, a French news TV channel just published a survey regarding Green spaces in cities around the planet. As France24 observer I did participate with the gardens in the van Woustraat Amsterdam. And I was selected. This planet need more “Green” and is to us to make that happen.
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