Byhaven 2200 – Community Urban Garden

Land_logo_rentegnetFood is grown in raised beds while environmental awareness, voluntary commitment and social bonds grow in the neighbourhood.

Address: Hørsholmparken Nørrebro, DK-2200 København.
The garden is at the corner of Hørsholmsgade and Stefansgade.

10402434_10152606171585050_8043197511135304684_nThe project is open to anyone that wants to take care of the garden. There is no fee or membership. Anyhow we are required to have an official board to be a legal association. The members of the board this year are: Lilla kőrösi, Anne Madsbjerg, Pernille Sørensen, Martin Wozniak. + Anna Bach Johansen and Ruben Hernandez as substitutes.

Candela Vargas Poveda keeps her role as LAND responsible.

  • Email: info@byhaven2200.dk
  • Telephone: 71642294
  • Website: http://byhaven2200.dk/
  • Area: 1000 m2
  • Started: 2011
  • LAND center accreditation: 5. April 2014
  • Themes: Community garden, Urban gardening, Nursery, Forest garden, wild foods, outdoor kitchen, clay oven.
  • No accommodation is available

 

What is Byhaven?

IMG_1904Byhaven 2200 is an open community garden, located in the middle of Nørrebroparken, near Stefansgade in Copenhagen. An important aim of the project is to show alternative ways to use and relate to public spaces such as parks and green areas in the city.

There is Open Garden Working days every Wednesday  (from 15:00 to 18:00) and Sathurday (from 12.00 to 16:00). From April to October.IMG_1885
We are glad to deliver guided tours. Groups of max. 30 people at a time is the appropriate capacity and a donation for the effort is recommendable .

 

What is the point?

The project is based roughly on nine principles. Summed up, these have as goals to:

  • Create awareness about environmental problems and promote sustainable solutions.
  • Learn by doing, to grow local food products and other useful resources such as medicinal plants.
  • Improve the social relations in the neighbourhood and aim towards strong community bonds.

(See all nine principles here)

We try to reach these goals by growing Screenshot from 2014-02-24 22:40:24useful plants (annuals and perennials) in raised beds surrounded by frames made out of wooden boards from wood industry left overs.

The annual cultivars are agreed seasonally by all the interested participants. The garden products are eaten at common meals on location, shared between the volunteers, or enjoyed by ‘anonymous’ users who pick a little here and there.

There is many activities happening in Byhaven, from small self organise workshops, gift circles, and birthdays to official arrangements and festivals. 10446714_10152528271212668_1701919180347843176_n

How does it work?
Formally speaking the board of directors has the final word when decisions are to be made, but in practice the decision making process is consensus based and lies with the participants at the common meetings and in the working groups.
In the association there are 5 working groups (gardening, building, communication, events and bee keeping). Communication between volunteers occurs through our Facebook group, by mail, face to face in the garden, and at meetings at other locations.

During the garden season working days there is two garden responsible people and a varying group of volunteers, in the high season days it can get to 20 people that can cover all the daily tasks, receive some relevant garden inputs and have a chance to get to know each other.

10153647_10203302902723689_6120709307034302518_nDuring the winter season  we keep on gathering in study groups to share our knowledge, garden skills,work on developing the design and improve the multifunctional relationships in the garden.

Regeneration of natural resources

Byhaven 2200, being a pilot project as a city garden and a public space has some additional specific challenges in relation to how the area can be used and what can be built. The volunteers are working to turn those issues into solutions instead of problems.

For example, as it is not allowed to grow directly in the ground, raised beds have been built up with layers to gradually improve the soil quality. The beds are a similar model to hugel beds with wooden trunks, branches and mushroom mycelium in the bottom, followed by other organic materials and a thick soil layer. On top there is mulch containing mainly fallen leaves from the surrounding Norway maple trees and stingy nettles or other nutrient rich plants we gather from other areas around the neighbourhood before they are removed. All the garden’s dead plant material is let into the beds or added to the compost that will come back in the beds. This model allows the soil to degrade the organic material slowly and use it to form new biomass that does not leave the cycle.

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Social regeneration

Byhaven 2200 is, by nature, an illustrative example of the regeneration of social structures. Nowhere else in Denmark has a group of citizens been entrusted such a centrally located, public area, to create the garden of their liking. It’s a unique possibility and an interesting learning and adaptation process for the people directly involved, i.e. the municipality (office workers and gardeners), the people living in the area, and the volunteers of the association. It questions the common uses of public spaces and it helps change the perception of ownership, while it invites the citizens to take responsibility and contribute to a sustainable development of their local area.

Now that most of the physical structures are in place, we are working on developing the association’s organizational structure and the way we communicate. Techniques such as sociocracy, byhavens peopleand dragon dreaming are being studied and established slowly.

The main goals of working with these social tools is to create strong bonds between all the participants and build up trust and understanding.

 

 

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