The Urbanist

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13 October 2016

Episode 261

30 minutes


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Parks and gardens can provide a much needed escape from the day-to-day rush in a city. This week we discover London’s newest community garden south of the river, head to the outskirts of Vienna for a members-only green living experience and catch up with the Nature Society of Singapore.

13 October 2016

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Chapter 1

Lamlash Gardens: Elephant and Castle

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A year ago Elephant and Castle resident Karen Chung decided to pull up her sleeves and turn Lamlash Street into a wild and leafy garden. We discover how gardening, picking berries and making jams brought a community together.

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Stadtflucht Bergmühle: Vienna

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In Vienna you are never far away from a green place: parks are plenty and vineyards and leafy hills are all within easy reach. Plus: there are lots of places to kick back and relax beyond city limits.

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Singapore: botanic gardens

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We learn how the Nature Society of Singapore has been protecting the city’s green spaces and ensuring that wild Singapore isn’t forgotten in the dash for modernity.

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Belgrade: championing green

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The demise of Yugoslavia put some previously communal spaces in private hands – and many of them fell into disuse. Now environmental organisations in Belgrade are hoping to revive interest in outdoor urban activities, whether in small plots between buildings or large shared gardens.

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