Paris licences its ‘citizen gardeners to vegetate all you want’ as one of several initiatives to increase the amount of green space in the city by 100,000 hectares by 2020.
The citizens of Paris are planting gardens in the street
In June 2015, Paris launched an unusual green initiative. Essentially, the programme is a licence for citizens to ‘vegetate as much as you want‘. The licenses, issued by the city, mean Parisian ‘citizen-gardeners’ are permitted to vegetate the capital in various ways. Whether this take the form of planting fruit trees, planting on walls, in the soil at the feet of trees, posts or boxes, it doesn’t matter. All are fair game.
Parisian ‘citizen-gardeners’ are being encouraged to plant up the smaller spaces in the city
Since June 30, 2015, the Paris Greening Permit has provided some 3000 of its citizens with an opportunity to get involved in ‘greening the city’. Thanks to this programme, every Parisian can become a gardener for a local, otherwise barren, site of their choice.
There are almost no limits to the scheme, named Végétalisons Paris. Locations have been found in all kinds of public space: under trees, on rooftops, quiet spots by fences and walls – all ideas are welcomed.
The idea is that by installing window boxes to grow tomatoes, or by using bare earth by a tree trunk to grow flowers, or by planting a climbing plant on a wall, people can combine their efforts to green the whole city.
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