Urban Reforestation has implemented various garden projects, which focus strongly on the design element of 'people' and 'community'. These gardens are known as 'convivial gardens'. A convivial garden differs from a typical 'allotment model' in whereby gardeners care for individual plots in a larger gardening area, often sharing a tool shed and other amenities. (an example of this is the Fulham Allotments in London, which Urban Reforestation recently wrote about).
The Urban Reforestation Convivial Garden in the Docklands Melbourne, Australia is an example of this.
One feature is there is a community of people who can 'sign-up' to the garden, then cultivate it as a part of the community. Young and old participate and share the tasks which are needed to be done at the time.
A second feature is this 'green space' can be activated with various programs such as an Eco-Market
or a Local Community Food Dinner
or even Local Farmers Food Box (a distribution point)
These gardens act as a 'connection point' for urban communities, as well as providing a catalyst for urban communities to activate sustainability projects and assist local economies to thrive.
Blog by Emily Ballantyne-Brodie, Sustainable Designer at Urban Reforestation. MA Environment and Sustainability.
Thank you to Hilary Bradford Photography