Nürnberg, Germany
City population: 485137
Duration: 2011 – 2018
Implementation status: Completed and archived or cancelled
Scale: Micro-scale: District/neighbourhood level
Project area: 1500 m2
Type of area: Other
Last updated: October 2021

The city garden was a 2000 square meter large communal garden in Nuremberg Eberhardshof district that invites all citizens to take part in gardening and co-operating activities without any costs attached. The project was aimed at promoting sustainability for Nuremberg and the Bavarian region (1). The gardeners try to rely on a variety of different plants, even in their last season, they planted 35 tomatoes, 14 chili, ten potato, and twelve bean varieties alone. In 2013, a bee colony was also established. (7) The project had its last season in 2018, after which it had to be closed because of plans to create a district park in its area. (5) The city garden has established itself as an important leisure facility in Eberhardshof by offering, for example, cooking courses and training courses on tree pruning as well as numerous other topics. (6)

Preparing for the season
Reference 5: https://www.nordbayern.de/region/nuernberg/stadtgarten-ist-startklar-fur-seine-letzte-saison-1.7344819


Nature-based solution

  • Parks and urban forests
  • Pocket parks/neighbourhood green spaces
  • Community gardens and allotments
  • Allotments
  • Community gardens
  • Other

Key challenges

  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Green space creation and/or management
  • Environmental quality
  • Waste management
  • Inclusive and effective governance (SDG 16)
  • Effective management
  • Social justice, cohesion and equity (SDG 10)
  • Environmental education
  • Social justice and equity
  • Social cohesion
  • Social interaction
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)
  • Creation of opportunities for relaxation and recreation
  • Economic development and employment (SDG 8)
  • Economic development: agriculture
  • Sustainable consumption and production (SDG 12)
  • Sustainable production


Creation of new green areas, Knowledge creation and awareness raising, Other

Project objectives

1. Being a motor for long-term ecological-regional urban development, which goes hand in hand with the city's efforts to establish Nuremberg and the region as a bio-metropolitan region. (1) 2. Facilitating cooperation among citizens (1) 3. Local cultivation of a large variety of local and organic vegetables, herbs, and fruits (5) 4. Increase the amount of green space in the Eberhardshof district of Nuremberg (1) 5. Create space for exchange and encounter (1) 6. Use waste effectively, re-use whatever possibly can. (3, 5)

Implementation activities

1. An area of about 2000m² of land was allocated to a gardening community, of which 1500m² is made up of the garden beds. (1) 2. Garden beds were installed, with purely ecological horticulture being implemented only. (1) 3. A variety of different plants were planted, even in their last season, they planted 35 tomato, 14 chilli, ten potato and twelve bean varieties alone. (5) 4. Cooking and other training courses are also offered. (6) 5. In 2013, a bee colony was established. (7)

Main beneficiaries

  • Citizens or community groups


Management set-up

  • Led by non-government actors

Type of initiating organisation

  • Non-government organisation/civil society

Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Co-planning
  • Joint implementation (e.g. tree planting)
  • Co-management/Joint management
  • Citizen oversight (e.g. boards, advisory)
  • Citizen monitoring and review

Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project

Bluepingu e.V. is a non-profit association in Nürnberg and the initiator/manager of the city garden (1). The association used the land under a user contract negotiated with the city of Nürnberg, which expired at the end of 2018. (5) Funding comes mostly from citizen donations but is supplemented by funding from the anstiftung & ertomis foundation and various companies and funds: Datev (IT Company), Stiftung Interkultur, and Sparkasse Nurnberg (1)

Project implemented in response to ...

... an EU policy or strategy? Yes (Environmental and development program "Agenda 21" aimed at environmental protection, economic prosperity, and social justice (2) In Nurnberg, "Agenda 21" was launched in 1997. In more than 50 project groups, committed volunteers perform social, economic and ecological work. The "Agenda 21" office coordinates and supports these project groups, including the city garden initiative. (1, 2) )
... a national policy or strategy? Unknown (Urban Gardening Manifest that encourages community groups in German cities to facilitate experimentation with various forms of sustainable community gardening (3) )
... a local policy or strategy? Yes (In Nurnberg, "Agenda 21" was launched in 1997. In more than 50 project groups, committed volunteers perform social, economic and ecological work. The "Agenda 21" office coordinates and supports these project groups, including the city garden initiative. (1, 2) )


Total cost


Source(s) of funding

  • Corporate investment
  • Private Foundation/Trust
  • Crowdfunding

Type of funding

  • Donations

Non-financial contribution

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

Impacts and Monitoring

Environmental impacts

  • Green space and habitat
  • Increased green space area
  • Increased number of species present
  • Other

Economic impacts

  • Unknown

Socio-cultural impacts

  • Social justice and cohesion
  • Improved social cohesion
  • Fair distribution of social, environmental and economic benefits of the NBS project
  • Improved access to urban green space
  • Increased opportunities for social interaction
  • Increased access to healthy/affordable food
  • Increased sustainability of agriculture practices
  • Cultural heritage and sense of place
  • Promotion of cultural diversity
  • Education
  • Increased knowledge of locals about local nature
  • Other

Type of reported impacts

Achieved impacts

Presence of formal monitoring system


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


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