MIL-OSI Translation: On tour through the most beautiful and particularly natural allotment gardens in Germany – the 25th federal competition “Gardens in Urban Development” starts

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Source: Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz DeutschlandBerlin. The Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland (BUND) is part of the competition jury for the evaluation of 22 allotment gardens under ecological and social criteria. On Friday (June 24th) the eleven-day journey of the jury through all facilities across the republic from Munich to Rostock starts. The allotment garden associations to be visited, together with their municipalities, have secured a place in the final of the federal competition “Gardens in Urban Development” 2022, Germany’s most important ideas competition for urban garden culture. The competition is organized by the Federal Association of German Garden Friends (BDG). The criteria of the evaluation are: urban planning classification, urban climatic function, environmental and nature conservation projects, civic engagement as well as the planning and design of the complex and individual gardens. “Allotment gardens have an enormous potential for the protection of endangered animal and plant species if they are cared for in a natural way. The principle for this is: leave nature free space in many places and think in cycles. Anyone who creates different habitats for insects, birds and reptiles in the garden will soon be able to observe interesting animal species and thus attract beneficial insects that protect the harvest from unloved insect pests,” says Corinna Hölzel, BUND pesticide expert and jury member. Structural diversity is easy to do, even in small gardens: plant native perennials with single flowers, leave piles of leaves and piles of wood, mow the lawn less and do not fertilize and between the cultivated plants also tolerate bellflowers, chamomile, viper’s bugloss or other flowering wild herbs. “The use of pesticides, mineral fertilizers and peat is of course taboo in a natural garden,” says Hölzel. Together with the Federal Ministry of Housing, Urban Development and Building, the BDG organizes the “Gardens in Urban Development” competition every four years. Allotment gardens help to cushion social tensions, especially in densely populated urban areas. With their proven structures, they have enabled social participation and environmental justice since their inception. In addition to the production of healthy fruit and vegetables, they contribute to health, the protection of biodiversity, the climate resilience of cities and, last but not least, the preservation of the gardening trade. The official award ceremony will take place on November 19, 2022 as part of a closing event in Berlin. More informationOverview

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