Sevilla, Spain
City population: 694783
Duration: 2004 – 2004
Implementation status: Completed
Scale: Micro-scale: District/neighbourhood level
Project area: 5000 m2
Type of area: Previous derelict area, Public Greenspace Area
Last updated: October 2021

The Huerto del Rey Moro is an urban community orchard/ garden beside the historic house Casa del Rey Moro. It is one of the only open green spaces in the downtown area of Sevilla where activities of environmental education, leisure and socializing are performed. (Ref 2) The Rey Moro orchard is cited as keeping true to the historic and cultural use of the area since it has been used as an orchard on and off over the past 500 years. (ref 2) Thanks to citizens themselves, as citizens acted to keep it a public and open space against a proposed legislation that would destroy it. (Ref 5)

Rey Moro Orchard, retrieved 07/23/2018


Nature-based solution

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

Key challenges

  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Green space creation and/or management
  • Inclusive and effective governance (SDG 16)
  • Inclusive governance
  • Social justice, cohesion and equity (SDG 10)
  • Environmental education
  • Social justice and equity
  • Social cohesion
  • Social interaction
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)
  • Enabling physical activity
  • Creation of opportunities for relaxation and recreation
  • Economic development and employment (SDG 8)
  • Real estate development
  • Cultural heritage and cultural diversity
  • Protection of historic and cultural landscape/infrastructure


Creation of new green areas, Transformation of previously derelict areas, Knowledge creation and awareness raising

Project objectives

Creation of a green and public space within the old city of Sevilla (Ref 1,2) Educational activities about the environment for neighbors and children (Ref 1,2,3) To promote alternative leisure activities within the downtown area (Ref 1) Operation of community and school orchards (Ref 1) To develop socializing dynamics in the neighborhood. (Ref 1)

Implementation activities

2001- The historic building complex Casa del rey Moro was declared a cultural good, the current Huerto del Rey Moro (HRM) area was part of this complex. (Ref 5) 2003- The area was "rediscovered" as it had been left unmaintained by the city, (Ref 3) 2004- citizens began to transform it into an orchard and public area and it opened as a communal space for leisure and cultivation against the 2004 decision in the City's Urban Organization Plan to build more housing in the space (PGOU 2004). (ref 1,3) 2005- The La Noria association raised 3 million pesetas (18 000 euro) from fundraising and a city grant. (Ref 5) Citizens can partake in the community orchards through the structure of the BancaComunal, and there is also a bread oven for learning and baking. (ref 5) Other community activities include: ecological days, games for children, family meals, birthday celebrations of neighborhood children, summer cinema (ref 3,4) It operates through a participative structure via La Noria citizen association, and some of its key aims are community inclusion, educational programs, and maintenance of the intervention. (ref 2) Currently it is managed by La Noria citizen group, and it continues to form partnerships with schools and encourage citizen participation. (Ref 2)

Main beneficiaries

  • Citizens or community groups
  • Young people and children


Management set-up

  • Led by non-government actors

Type of initiating organisation

  • Citizens or community group
  • District/neighbourhood association

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
  • Citizen oversight (e.g. boards, advisory)

Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project

La Nuria is the association of neighbors formed to co-manage and plan the HRM. (Ref 4) Ayuntamiento de Sevilla (City of Sevilla) has contributed funds to the school orchard programs held at the Huerto del Rey Moro (Ref 1) Citizens: participants in activities held at orchards (Ref 3,4,5)

Project implemented in response to ...

... an EU policy or strategy? Unknown
... a national policy or strategy? Unknown
... a local policy or strategy? Yes (The area had been set for redevelopment and the construction of more housing the in the City of Sevilla's 2000 Urban Organization plan. (Ref 5) So citizen acted to keep it a public and open space.)


Total cost

€10,000 - €50,000

Source(s) of funding

  • Public local authority budget
  • Crowdfunding

Type of funding

  • Direct funding or subsidy
  • Donations

Non-financial contribution

Type of non-financial contribution
  • Provision of labour
  • Provision of other services
  • Exchange of services
Who provided the non-financial contribution?
  • Citizens (e.g. volunteering)

Impacts and Monitoring

Environmental impacts

  • Green space and habitat
  • Increased green space area
  • Increased number of species present
  • Restoration of derelict areas

Economic impacts

  • Unknown

Socio-cultural impacts

  • Social justice and cohesion
  • Improved social cohesion
  • Improved access to urban green space
  • Increased opportunities for social interaction
  • Increased involvement of locals in the management of green spaces
  • Increased access to healthy/affordable food
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Gain in activities for recreation and exercise
  • Cultural heritage and sense of place
  • Promotion of cultural diversity
  • Protection of natural heritage
  • Protection of historic and cultural landscape / infrastructure
  • Increased sense of place identity, memory and belonging
  • Increased appreciation for natural spaces
  • Education
  • Increased awareness of NBS and their benefits
  • 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


Rey Moro Orchard (2009), retrieved 07/23/2018
Rey Moro Orchard, retrieved 07/23/2018