Thursday, 28 June 2012 20:53:01 Europe/London
In 1986 Lower Austria decided that the region should have its own capital city. Up to this moment the government and all the administration was situated in Vienna. (Remind you of anywhere?) When the planning phase started it was decided to use some land for all the administrative buildings next to a river where small gardens from private people were situated. They analysed the soil of this gardens and discovered, that they could not use it any more for all other purposes and had to burn it, as it was so contaminated with pesticides (and mineral fertilizer). This was the start of the officials to think about how to change the behaviour of the people in their gardens. In 1999 the vice-governor of the region founded the initiative of “Nature in the Garden”, which now has about 100.000 members. Everyone can apply for a certificate and if she fulfils the criteria she gets a sign “Nature in the Garden – keep healthy, what keeps us healthy” (to put on her fence or wherever she wants). It would be great to see more people growing fruit and veg in their garden, but like Monty Don and the Austrians we think 'organic good, local and organic better'
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