Antwerpen, Belgium
City population: 499254
Duration: 2012 – ongoing
Implementation status: Ongoing
Scale: Sub-microscale: Street scale (including buildings)
Project area: unknown
Type of area: Central Business District / City Centre
Last updated: October 2021

‘Colorieten Hof’ is a community garden in which vegetables, herbs and flowers are grown sustainably. The garden is a social meeting place for elderly, neighborhood citizens and female immigrants who can learn Dutch and about Belgian culture (Ref. 1, 3).

https://www.antwerpen.be/info/58beb95cb85c8dd1c701d8a2/samentuin-colorieten-hof

Overview

Nature-based solution

  • Community gardens and allotments
  • Community gardens

Key challenges

  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Green space creation and/or management
  • Social justice, cohesion and equity (SDG 10)
  • Environmental education
  • Social cohesion
  • Social interaction
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)
  • Creation of opportunities for relaxation and recreation
  • Sustainable consumption and production (SDG 12)
  • Sustainable consumption
  • Sustainable production

Focus

Creation of new green areas, Maintenance and management of urban nature

Project objectives

The main goal was creating a community vegetable garden where people of all ages, cultures and social groups meet each other and enjoy seeding, nurturing and harvesting vegetables and herbs. An additional goal is education on ecological gardening and teaching immigrants Dutch and about Belgian culture (Ref. 3).

Implementation activities

Ecological seasonal gardening: growing flowers, herbs and vegetables (Ref. 1, 2, 3). A compost corner for which the residents of the health care centre Hof ter Beke bring their organic waste (Ref. 3). Cooking soup once a year from the vegetables for the residents of the community garden (Ref. 3). Organizing workshops by the ecological gardening association Velt, by two members of the organization (Ref. 3). A chicken coop is placed in the community garden (Ref. 2).

Main beneficiaries

  • Citizens or community groups
  • Marginalized groups: Elderly people, MIgrants

Governance

Management set-up

  • Led by non-government actors

Type of initiating organisation

  • Citizens or community group

Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Co-planning
  • Dissemination of information and education
  • Consultation (e.g. workshop, surveys)
  • Joint implementation (e.g. tree planting)
  • Co-management/Joint management

Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project

The community garden is initiated by Elisabeth de Coninck who is a citizen and member of the ecological gardening association Velt (1, 2). The community garden is implemented and maintained by neighborhood citizens, health care centre Hof ter Beke (public sector institution) and the Intercultural Centre for Women Antwerp, a civil society organization that supports female immigrants by means of education and social events) (Ref. 2). When transforming the courtyard of Hof ter Beke into a community garden, this needed to be discussed with the municipality of Antwerp as they are the land owners. The municipality decided that vegetables should be grown in flowerbeds that are disconnected with the soil because of the risk of contamination (Ref. 3). The municipality is not involved in the management of the garden, therefore 'co-governance' is not selected. Workshops on ecological gardening are provided by two members of Velt, Elisabeth de Coninck and Marijke Vandierendonck (Ref. 3).

Project implemented in response to ...

... an EU policy or strategy? No
... a national policy or strategy? No
... a local policy or strategy? No

Financing

Total cost

Unknown

Source(s) of funding

  • Unknown

Type of funding

  • Unknown

Non-financial contribution

Type of non-financial contribution
  • Provision of land
  • Provision of goods
  • Provision of labour
  • Other
Who provided the non-financial contribution?
  • Public authorities (e.g. land, utility services)
  • Citizens (e.g. volunteering)

Impacts and Monitoring

Environmental impacts

  • Environmental quality
  • Improved waste management
  • Green space and habitat
  • Increased green space area

Economic impacts

  • Increase in agricultural production (for profit or not)

Socio-cultural impacts

  • Social justice and cohesion
  • Improved social cohesion
  • Increased visibility and opportunity for marginalised groups or indigenous peoples
  • Increased opportunities for social interaction
  • Increased involvement of locals in the management of green spaces
  • Increased access to healthy/affordable food
  • Increased sustainability of agriculture practices
  • Cultural heritage and sense of place
  • Promotion of cultural diversity
  • Improvement in people’s connection to nature
  • Education
  • Increased knowledge of locals about local nature

Type of reported impacts

Achieved impacts

Presence of formal monitoring system

Unknown

Presence of indicators used in reporting

No evidence in public records

Presence of monitoring/ evaluation reports

No evidence in public records

Availability of a web-based monitoring tool

No evidence in public records

References