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    Community and neighbourhood gardens

Flourishing life in community and neighbourhood gardens

Planting vegetables and making friends - community gardens are just the place for both. They also play an important role when it comes to connecting city and nature, as they are urban oases. They are places with great potential for biodiversity on all levels: Diversity of vegetables, fruit, wild animals, and wild plants. Between the patches and on the margin, you can create flowered areas and habitations for animals in even the smallest of spaces. Flowers can be food for butterflies, shrubs can be nesting places for birds, and sunny spots in the grass can provide shelter for grasshoppers.

Target species

Bow-winged grasshopper

Common blue butterfly

Common evening-primrose

Damson plum


Wild carrot

Good to know

  • The more natural you design it, the more diverse the flora and fauna will be, and the easier will you be able to experience nature.
  • Different structures such as rocky and water elements, patches of grass, hedges, and brushwood piles create important refuges for many small animals.
  • Use peat-free soil! Locally produced compost is best. You will promote the local circular economy and preserve swamps.
  • Please avoid chemical fertilizers and pesticides! It’s much better to use natural fertilizer.

What does the City of Vienna do?

The City of Vienna supports the founding of community gardens. Find more information here:
GBstern: Nachbarschaftsgärten (gbstern.at)

Natural (feeding) hedges as flowered areas

How about a little shrub hedge with berries, such as currants or raspberries, combined with local native woods such as elder, goat willow, and damson plum? Under the shrubs, groundcover strawberries would be a perfect addition. Help bring back wild shrubs into the city and enjoy the abundant flowers and nectar in the spring, and the fruit and vitamins in the summer and autumn!

Tip: You would like to have a wild shrub, but your garden is too small? Plant climbing plants on your fence or up a wooden wall. Ivy or Italian woodbine are well suited for this purpose.

The following collection of Internet links was selected as an example and does not claim to be complete.



Choice of plants:



Model project:

Aquatic micro-habitats

Natural aquatic micro-habitats such as ponds and natural pools are particularly high in biodiversity. Not only amphibians, but also insects, snails, and also hydrophilic plants will find habitats there. Over the last few decades, the number and diversity of these habitats in Austria has decreased considerably. With relatively simple means and without costly technology, you can create new habitats. You can look forward to exciting field observations throughout the seasons.

The following collection of Internet links was selected as an example and does not claim to be complete.



Choice of plants:


Other measures


Wild and overgrown corner/margin as habitations