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Urban gardens to bloom under Parisian law

Under a new law, Paris will provide soil and seeds to gardeners who are encouraged to grow vegetation wherever they can. (Pack-Shot/Shutterstock)

A new law backed by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo will allow thousands of gardens to blossom citywide.

Lacy Cooke reports for Inhabitat that Parisians are encouraged to grow vegetation just about anywhere they can imagine. That includes vertically along walls and fences, atop roofs, and even in tucked-in small spaces such as boxes or planters. Locals also are urged to add gardens to homes and offices.

The law, which drew scant attention when approved over the summer, is part of a broader initiative by Hidalgo to promote urban greenery, the article says. The mayor already has set of goal of creating 100 hectares (247 acres) of agriculture, green roofs and other vegetation in the city by 2020. The effort is reminiscent of Singapore’s City in a Garden concept.

The municipality will provide gardeners with “planting kits” that contain seeds and soil, Cooke reports. Participants must follow guidelines set by the new law. They have to acquire three-year, renewable permits and cannot use pesticides. They also must agree to feature local biodiversity, including plants that foster populations of bees. La Releve et La Peste notes here that Paris is considered deficient on parks with no major “green lung” for recreation and fresh air. 


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