As I have talked about in a previous blog I am very inspired by the movement Urban Gardening and the related Urban Farming. How can we increase natural environments in our urban landscape?

In the municipality (Frederiksberg close to the municipality of Copenhagen) where I live they hold the Danish Record of “Number of trees per metre” and they have the policy that it should be possible to see at least one tree from every house in the municipality. Great!

More of that… research has shown that people who like the nature in their neighbourhood feel happier and more satisfied with life than other people.

Today I have added 3 new websites to my Blogroll:
Guerilla Gardening – a site showing examples of different Guerilla Gardening projects. I can add to the story that here in Copenhagen a group of people made their own Guerilla Gardening initiative in Ørestad (a new part of Copenhagen) last weekend. They planted flowers, strawberries and more – I will be looking forward to visit the area one of the days to see the results of their effort.

Urban Farming – Urban Farming’s mission is to create an abundance of food for people in need by planting gardens on unused land and space while increasing diversity, educating youth, adults and seniors and providing an environmentally sustainable system to uplift communities.

Urban Gardening Help – a website written by the gardener and master composter Lars, based in Dallas, Texas. If you want help with your urban garden – ask him or follow one of the many links from his site to external related sites.

At the image you see a little urban balcony garden – different flowers in a flower box. It is taken at our balcony a months ago. I better go out tomorrow and take a new picture so that you can see how much it has been growing. There is not much space at the balcony however the plants and flowers we have planted spreads joy and happiness every day.

UPDATE (15.AUG.2010): I just found this interesting article “Urban Greenery Key For Future Happiness in Cities“.

And an article in Danish about how Detroit has changed from Motown to Growtown.

Written by Trine Plambech

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