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Why Copenhagen Residents Want to Live on Urban Gardens

dvasweDavid Skat Nielsen on his colony garden. (Lynsey Grosfield)

High rents are driving some Danes to not-quite-legal cabins and cottages.

By Lynsey Grosfield
City Lab
Jul 12, 2016


For several years now, David Skat Nielsen has been cultivating a 7,400-square-foot patch of land on the island of Amager, in the greater Copenhagen area. Here, he pays 900 DKK ($133 USD) per month to get away from the stresses of apartment living, plant some fruit trees, build a greenhouse, and generally bask in the stillness of a hedged-in green space. Due to zoning restrictions, he can only live on the property for six months of the year, but he’s part of a growing group of Danes that would like to make these minimalistic garden lots into full-time homes.

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German Garden Houses

fregtDie Schrebergärten an der Schlossstrasse: Sie sollen günstigen Wohnungen für Familien weichen. Bild: Beat Mathys

There are now over one million allotment gardens in Germany. Berlin has the most with an estimated 67,000 gardens. It is a ridiculously green city. Hamburg is next with 35,000, then Leipzig with 32,000, Dresden with 23,000, Hanover 20,000, Bremen 16,000,

By Erin Porter
About Travel
July 13, 2016


History: As people moved from the German countryside to city scapes in the 19th century, they weren’t quite ready to leave their green pastures.

Conditions in the cities were poor, with cramped dirty spaces, disease and serious malnutrition. Nutrient-rich foods like fresh fruits and vegetables were in scarce supply.

Kleingärten arose to address that problem. Garden plots allowed families to grow their own food, children to enjoy a larger outdoor space and connect with the world outside their four walls. A phenomenon among the lower-classes, these areas were called “gardens of the poor”.

By 1864, Leipzig had several collections under the direction of the Schreber movement. Daniel Gottlob Moritz Schreber was a German physician and university instructor who preached about topics concerning health, as well as the social consequences of the rapid urbanization during the Industrial Revolution. The name Schrebergärten is in his honor and comes from this initiative.

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