Urban environment is tricky territory; it can be planned to the smallest detail but will constantly change organically at the hands of its inhabitants. Whether it's the slums of New Delhi or the skyline of Manhattan, it's all about people shaping their own environment.
Over the past week Urban Reforestation's director Emily Ballantyne-Brodie attended the Victorian Super Trade Mission in China. This week our organisation, along with the Victorian Sustainable Urban Design Delegation (40 leading architecture, development and urban design companies from Victoria) has met people from all around China who are interested in designing liveable and sustainable cities.
Docklands Garden Brings Life and Soul to the Docks in Melbourne!
Melbourne’s love of bringing life to hidden spaces has sprouted in Docklands with the opening of its Community Garden in Geographe Street Docklands on Sunday 15 July, in a joint initiative from Urban Reforestation, Places Victoria and the City of Melbourne.
Urban Reforestation would like to share some facts on Havana, Cuba which has an inspiring Urban Agriculture program.
The Provincial Physical Planning Directorate of Havana identified unused land areas and set up a Provincial Commission to set guidelines for the establishment of urban agriculture and define conditions for agricultural use of urban land.
Story by Emily Ballantyne-Brodie, Urban Reforestation director.
Peter the Garden Volunteer
There was a beautiful garden volunteer called Peter, who took people from the city on tours in his prized community garden. He told them tales about this place, the different characters and its features. Fulham Allotments, has 800 members and 400 allotments. This is one of the largest community gardens around, as well as one of the oldest! In fact this place was created as a part of the "Dig for Victory" campaigns so people during the war were able to feed themselves. Now this place is an OASIS for urban people to escape the noise, hustle and bustle of the city as well as connect to friends and grow their own fresh produce!