The more green spaces a city has, the better this is for air quality, the urban climate, and absorbing noise. Parks and gardens ensure a higher quality of life and at the same time promote the biodiversity of animals and plants. Leipzig impresses with its vast amounts of green space: the city ranks sixth in a Germany-wide ranking of large cities with the most green space per inhabitant.
Allotment gardens play a special role in this. With a total of 278 clusters of allotment gardens, they are an important part of the city’s green lungs.
Accounting for 30 per cent of all green space, they cover an area of approximately 1,240 hectares, with more than 39,000 plots. The allotment garden site “Dr. Schreber”, founded in 1876, is one of the oldest such allotment associations in Germany. While the focus used to be on working outdoors, nowadays people are almost as keen to simply grow their own fruit and vegetables. One of today’s hip urban community projects is the non-profit ANNALINDE
, whose aim is to offer a platform for exchange through community gardening – focusing on growing produce locally, biodiversity, sustainable consumption, and forward-looking neighbourhood and urban development.