In close cooperation with the association Plattform e.V. we operate the “Free Garden” in the middle of a “Plattenbau” (prefabricated concrete buildings, iconic in East-European architecture) living complex in the southeast of Erfurt. In this typical satellite city area, with its’ tightly spaced concrete buildings, around 20.000 people live in three neighbourhoods. As in other “Plattenbau“-areas of bigger cities, here one speaks of a “social imbalance” and feels the, through many factors influenced, discontent of the population. In 2015 this place seemed perfect for us to initiate a participative gardening project. And like this a blooming oasis of civic engagement was created on the grounds of the community centre Herrenberg which is administered by the Plattform e.V.. Over the years our team of volunteers with different professions, but the same interests, gathered here and, in the summer of 2020, founded the educational association Next Level.
In Early 2021, we carried out the construction of a geodome on the Petersberg in Erfurt in elaborate manual work by using recycled materials. This served the volunteers of the “Garden of Associations” as a pavilion and exhibition area in the summer of 2021, during the Federal Horticultural Show (BUGA).
The Greencademy is our ecological education programme, in which we carry out projects on a local and internatioanl scale. Among this was a european youth exchange with 32 participants from 12 European countries in Summer 2021. They exchanged experiences, lerned regognising natural cycles und seeing their surroundings from a new point of view. They created their own concepts, which they displayed at the Federal Horticultrual Show (BUGA).
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