Finland’s Cottage Garden Walking Tour

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𝗢𝗽𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘀𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗖𝗖 (𝘀𝘂𝗯𝘁𝗶𝘁𝗹𝗲𝘀) 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐝.
𝗥𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝟯𝗗 𝗯𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗼 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗮𝗽𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱𝘀 𝗮𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘀 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱.

Today we are welcomed in one of the Finnish allotments.
Pakila Garden, located in Helsinki, Finland.
Of the 9 community gardens in Helsinki, this is the largest at 21 hectares.
Founded in 1948, and a total of 320 cottages are located here.

𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐧 𝐀𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐆𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐧?
It is a coherent area for gardening, divided into plots.
Promoting an ecological and ethical way of life.
There are also tiny houses (cottages) and other structures on the plots.
It is possible to stay overnight in these cottages.
Fruit trees, plants and flowers are cultivated on the plots.
The cottages are private property, but the allotment site is open to the public.
Organized events such as midsummer and harvest season are celebrated annually.

𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐝𝐨 𝐀𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐠𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐬 𝐟𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧?
As i mentioned before, there are 9 garden communities in Helsinki alone.
The associations rent the land from the city of Helsinki.
The land division includes plots used by individuals like you and me.
These plots may only be used for its intended purpose.
It’s not allowed for the individuals to hand over their plots.
Plots (cottage, and other constructions) must also be kept in good condition.
Rules are set that the individual must adhere to, such as the maximum height of trees and hedges.
What can be built on the plot is regulated by the rules of the City and the association.

𝐁𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐠𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐫.
A plot holder may sell his ground lease on the free market.
However, only persons with permanent residence in the same city as the garden are allowed to rent a plot.
Becoming an independent gardener is very popular in Finland.
Gardens like these are important green spaces of the city.
Helsinki plans to create more allotments in the future.

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