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December 03, 2014

Allotment holders present their history’- Berliner Gartenfreunde’ present the history of cultivating allotments

Berlin, 3 December 2014 – At the International Green Week 2015 (16 to 25 Jan.) the Berlin Regional Gardening Association will be presenting fascinating aspects of the history of allotment holding in the capital. Supporting this effort in the Floral Hall (Hall 9) will be the states of Brandenburg and Saxony. In the early years of the 19th century small garden allotments were created to alleviate hunger and poverty among city dwellers. During the industrial revolution they helped to supplement the diets of the poor with fresh fruit and vegetables. It was only later that allotments (Schrebergärten) were created and named in honour of Moritz Schreber, a doctor from Leipzig. The main aim was to enable young city dwellers to get some exercise, for which they had little opportunity in the areas around tenement blocks.

Be it allotments or gardens at home: in Germany close to 1.2 million people maintain their own idyllic green corner in the heart of the city. There are some five million gardening enthusiasts overall. According to a study carried out by the Federal Gardening Association (BDG) more and more young families are finding the idea of gardening attractive. In 45 per cent of cases between 2003 and 2008 it was families who took out new leases on gardens. Of all the new tenants who have leased an allotment since 2000 64 per cent are under the age of 55. Their main aim is to enjoy the freedom that comes with nature in the midst of the city, to cultivate healthy homegrown fruit and vegetables, and also to show the children that tomatoes do not grow on supermarket shelves.


Landesverband Berlin der Gartenfreunde e. V., Jana Vallejo Manzano, tel.: +49 (0)30 300932-20,,,