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Freiham – working together – Munich

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The city also wants future residents to be able to use it temporarily in the landscape park

In construction projects, long-term thinking takes place. Aubing’s local politicians wanted a lot of space for gardening last autumn for the new Freiham district – in order to enable as many people as possible to experience how sustainable it can be to work in the garden, grow local vegetables, fruits and lettuce and plant flowers. It was already clear at the time that there should be an 800 square meter “open-air garden” in Freiham-Nord, in which anyone who felt like it could work to their hearts’ content. It was also known that in addition to the ecological idea on this area, which was equipped with a spacious tool shed, eight beds, a ladle and composting bins, social interaction would be particularly important. In times when social life is almost at a standstill due to the pandemic, news telling of community action is a welcome glimmer of hope. Even then, the urban gardening zone seemed too small to the district politicians.

In the municipal department you can easily understand the committee’s demand for more space. The authority therefore intends to make space available for temporary garden use in the future Freiham landscape park north of the motorway feeder. However, these sub-areas are still leased to farmers and can only be terminated at the end of this year at the earliest.

The additional arable land could be used for herb gardens, for example. Munich already has eight of these herb gardens, where citizens can grow and harvest their own vegetables. The sponsors are the Stadtgüter München, an association of ten farms in and around Munich. According to the city estates, an area of ​​around 2250 square meters is needed for an herb garden with 50 plots of 30 square meters each. The herb garden season lasts from May to November: agricultural parcels are used to prepare the plots for the season, with some of the seeds being brought in. The tenants can plant other crops themselves. The city estates take care of the maintenance of the access routes and provide basic equipment for garden tools and irrigation water supply.

Garteln could also be conceivable in raised beds in the settlement area. In 13-square-meter boxes, which are oriented towards the north / south for better exposure, future residents would be able to pull vegetables, lettuce and herbs right on their doorstep. Edwin Grodeke, the representative of local authority officer Kristina Frank, says that the city goods are “happy to continue accompanying the conceptual process as much as possible and to support the implementation of the projects in practice”. For example when setting up the raised beds.

The first step is to start with the open-air garden. The Green City association has signaled to provide technical support in a weekly garden consultation. Many interested parties have already contacted Patrycia Marek, the head of the Freiwillige neighborhood meeting, but because of the corona virus, a first get-together meeting of the hobby gardeners had to be canceled. The Kinderschutz-Bund, the sponsor of the neighborhood meeting, is now hoping to at least be able to meet the opening date on May 29th. So far nothing has been canceled.

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