Rijeka 2020: Neglected Green Spaces to Become Mediterranean Gardens

Lauren Simmonds

We’re now well and truly into 2020’s maiden month and that means that Rijeka is now officially the European Capital of Culture. Having been a translator on the Rijeka 2020 project, I can safely say that the city that flows in the Northern Adriatic (Kvarner) part of Croatia certainly has a lot of interesting ideas, events and performances up its sleeve to mark the year, and the programme is varied indeed.

As Morski writes on the 11th of January, 2020, one of the projects that will mark Rijeka 2020 is the jestivi grad (edible city) project, which will work to clear up and breathe some new life into many of Rijeka’s abandoned and/or neglected green areas.

Today, beginning at 09:00 and continuing on until 14:00, the activities of the Rijeka edible city project have continued within the scope of the Rijeka 2020 programme, just north of the Giuseppe Duell 2 skyscraper in Mlaka.

After several small clean-up and planting actions that took place in preparation during 2019, in this action, the Citizens Initiative Transition Initiative Rijeka is installing a gazebo on a neglected green space that will be jointly cleaned up by members of the initiative alongside other residents of Rijeka.

The residents will plant several varieties of Mediterranean fruit trees on the landscaped area, including carob trees, old pomegranate varieties, two types of fig trees and more. The activities of the edible city project are being implemented with the support of the Green Wave participant programme as part of the Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture project.

The edible city movement has been expanding around the world over recent years, turning public, often neglected green spaces into gardens full of edible plants that are accessible to all. Edible cities are created by the residents of the settlements in which the programme sets up, and are special in that they give residents a sense of food security, a connection with nature and further enhancement of the sense of community and cooperation among local people.

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