DIY urban greening
Sustainability is important to Alfie and he’s keen to point out that recycling, reusing and upcycling are key for urban gardening. Unused wooden pallets and plastic milk crates can be turned into a balcony-friendly or wall-mounted gardens. Car tyres can be repurposed into mounted or hanging flower planters and large reusable shopping bags can be filled with deep soil and used to grow root veggies. You can even bring a little greenery to your windowsill by planting flowers inside old teacups, muffin baking trays and tin cans. The more creative, the better!
Entire neighbourhoods can be given a green lease of life with a few extra trees. You can set up community greening projects by contacting local councils or by getting involved in volunteer projects like Timberland’s My PlayGreen, which you can find across Europe in London, Milan, Berlin, Paris and Barcelona.
Greening urban spaces to bring communities together
Sustainability is also a great way to bring communities together. In France, the long-abandoned La Coulée Verte René-Dumont elevated railway has been transformed into an urban garden for local communities. In Stockholm, a five-floor hospital car park has been converted into a lush green butterfly sanctuary (Fjärilstak och nektarrestaurang). Urban beekeeping has become popular in recent years, and DIY rooftop beehives are common in a lot of European cities.
There’s plenty to love when it comes to urban greening and gardening projects. For Alfie, the simple enjoyment of being outside is what keeps him going.