Sharing of a community garden
Name of the initiative: Prazelenina
Organisation form: Cooperative
Country: Czech Republic
Domain: Community Gardens
Starting year: 2012
Keywords: community garden, sharing seeds, beds
In 2012, the architect M. Petránek and the café owner J. Novák founded a community garden called Prazelenina in the Holešovice district of Prague, capital of the Czech Republic.
Since 2013, this community garden has been operated by the Prazelenina z.s. association. People interested in gardening can rent their own bed with an area of 1 x 1 m in return for a fee of CZK 1,000.00 per year (approx. EUR 38.00), where they can plant their own plants. Common beds are also available for herbs, pumpkins, melons and courgettes or strawberries. People who are interested in the garden can register every year on the association’s Facebook page. Current growers are informed of this fact by e-mail.
This community garden is currently used by 120 growers, predominantly young people with small children. Operation of the garden is ensured by 30 volunteers. The garden is open from April until the end of October, on working days from 4.00 p.m. until 9.00 p.m. and at weekends from 10.00 a.m.
The association also offers loan of gardening tools, pumped water for watering and also a barbeque. It also operates a children’s playground in the garden complex. The garden can also be used to hold celebrations or for afternoon barbeques. The association for example also organises a children’s day on these premises, sports meetings, concerts or workshops on the topic of plant cultivation. The association is financially self-sufficient; apart from fees for use of the beds, its income is generated from sale of refreshments which are offered in the caravan which is located in the garden.
As time goes by, this trend towards combining gardening and social activities is also spreading to other parts of Prague as well as to other large cities. The motive behind this is not only gardening, but above all creation of a community in anonymous big cities.
Author: Jan Kopriva, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic
Date added: 2nd November 2019