The idea behind the creation of urban gardens program in Barcelona was to improve the quality of life as well as to have a positive environmental impact on the city. This meant small plots of land that were derelict or uncared for were converted into a haven for green fingers. Local people over 65 years old manage the allotments and many gardens host educational classes for children to learn about growing vegetables. The first urban garden was created in 1997 in Sants-Montjuïc and you can now find many more all over the city. Here is a selection of some of the main urban gardens in Barcelona.
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Huerto Indignado de Poblenou
Huerto Indignado de Poblenou is a communal allotment in Poblenou located on the corner of Carrer Fernando Poo and Sant Francesc that was created in 2011. Around 25 people manage and work on the allotment. There is social and open spirit as the urban garden is seen as a meeting space for the local community. Poblenou has undergone a massive transformation from a heavy industrial area into a family-friendly neighborhood with more creative industries. It seems only fitting that the urban garden also transformed what was once unused land into a peaceful sanctuary for vegetable growers.
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Casa Verde BCN
Casa Verde BCN is a non-profit organization located in the neighborhood of Guinardó, at Passatge Alt del Turó 22. The project, which began in 1997, not only includes an urban garden but also aims at providing educational programs in the local area based on social cohesion. Casa Verde BCN offers various workshops and activities including yoga classes, kirtans, and music concerts. It also offers Ayurveda therapy sessions, one of the world’s oldest holistic systems aimed at achieving a balance between the mind, body, and spirit.
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UB Raval is a collective urban garden where university students from the University of Barcelona assist in maintaining the allotment. It is located on a piece of land owned by the university, on Carrer de Montalegre, 6. Despite it being a small plot, they still manage to grow enough to be able to offer a vegan menu served in the faculty cafeteria once a week.
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