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Urban Gardening Hamburg
Urban Gardening Hamburg
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Brodschrangen 1, Hamburg, Hamburg, DE
Climate zone:
Cool Temperate

Jenny Pfau Ute Bohnsack
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Urban Gardening Hamburg

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Urban, Community

Project Summary

The intention is to establish an urban garden in the city centre of Hamburg, where people can go during their lunch break and sit in an enjoyable atmosphere. The garden will be designed along permaculture principles. A side goal of the project is to raise awareness about the potential of urban gardening and permaculture.

Project Description

This, until now, rather nasty spot wants to be transformed into a relaxing oasis for people to come to during their lunch break.

So far this terrace has been lying unused in the middle of the city. The canal (Elbe) overflows regularly, so that there is about 2-10 cm of water on the terrace.The spot is facing directly south and gets beautiful sun - whenever the sun is out.

The idea is to lay down straw bales, cut holes into those strawbales, fill the holes with compost and plant pretty and delicious plants into the compost. Of course, anything edible will first have to checked for contaminants as the roots will most likely come into contact with canal water at some point. Boards or wooden benches laid on top of the strawbales could serve as dry seats for visitors.

The first step of the project will be to get approval of the relevant ministry - in Hamburg this is the Ministry of finances - to occupy this space. There was a brief thought of doing this guerilla-style, but with all the straw bales, compost and planting, this would be too big an investment in time and money to run the risk of just seeing it cleared again.

I'll keep you updated on the progress...


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