Nachbarschaftsgärten – Neighbourhood Gardens

  • Investor (key institution): URBAN II
  • Contact person: Nachbarschaftsgärten e. V.;
  • Year of implementation: 2004
  • Implementation venue

  • Country: Germany
  • Region: Saxony
  • Town: Leipzig
  • Size of area: 6500 m2
  • Impact: local

    Total costs: EUR

    Source per every institution

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    Important stakeholders concerned - names of the institutions

    • EU fonds: URBAN II (European Regional Development Fund togehter with the Municipality of Leipzig)
    • national: National Programme LOS (Local capital for social purposes)
    • regional: Urban II (Municipality of Leipzig together with the European Regional Development Fund)
    • other: Aktion Mensch (social association)
    1. Improved provision of local cultural and social events.

      The district assocation Lindenauer Stadtteilverein invented the idea to use a 6,5000 m² large area, which is located in the centre of a housing block, as an area for community gardens. Therefore, the area was divided into plots and the citizens are now able to rent a plot for free for the purpose of gardening or as a meeting point and leisure area.

    2. Improved condition & quality of the public space between the blocks of flats.

      The district association Lindenauer Stadtteilverein reacted to the request of many local residents who complained about the lack of gardens and open landscape in the district of Lindenau, a district that belongs to the City of Leipzig. For this reason, the association contacted the area owners (which were nine at the beginning of the project) and asked for their agreement to establish a neighbourhood garden project. Due to the fact that the area lay vacant, vandalism and pollution occured, and the advantage for the area owners were clear: They weren’t responsible for the maintenance of the area anymore and on the other hand, the area was protected by the renters through usage. The municipality of Leipzig often uses the instrument of concluding a license agreement between area owners and the municipality. Most of the so rented areas lie vacant and are not valuable for housing development, so that the license agreement is attractive for all parties: the municipality, the renters and the area owners in the way that the areas are led to a new purpose instead of falling into decline.

    3. Improved involvement of the local community in events organized in its quarter.

      The starting point for the project was the request of many local residents who complained the lack of gardens in the district of Leipzig Lindenau. Today, local residents are able to rent a garden for free and they are able to use and design their plot due to their wishes and purposes. The project implemenation was supported by many local volunteers. Furthermore a cooperation with an international building authority took place and juveniles from various European countries helped to create the garden plots.


    The area, where the garden plots were established, is located in the middle of a district dominanted by Gründerzeit houses. Leipzig Lindenau covers an area of 20 acre and from 1993 till 2017 many urban regeneration activities took and still take place since the area was affected by the loss of population and building decline. The neighbourhood garden project is just one of many initiatives that took place and the municipality does not only rely on large regeneration activities but also on urban regeneration through the participation of local initiatives. Associations, such as the Lindenauer Stadtteilverein (district association of Lindenau), can become a strong partner on urban development because organisational structures are already established which makes the sustainabilty of the project more likely.

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