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Garden plots built on old factory land in Belgium

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Photos by Lamiot

“Bruggen naar Rabot” is the name used to designate several rehabilitation projects in Gent (Belgium), opening up the development of a district considered the poorest in Flanders. In 2008-2009 a re-development of an abandoned neighbourhood, “Rabot-Blaisantvest”, was begun behind the courthouse. A large urban agriculture community garden was established which comprised of micro-plots raised above the ground on concrete slabs that had once supported the now destroyed Alcatel factory.

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Today, these slabs protects the soil from the pollution in the underlying soil in the organic urban gardens. There is also a small area for livestock (poultry, rabbits) built by local residents as part of an art project. Many edible plants and flowers are grown by participants.

See more photos of the project here.

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