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Guerilla gardening, winter cycling and vacancy tax

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28 March 2024

Episode 650

29 minutes

Green thumbs can help to transform communities. We speak to an activist and horticulturist about how gardening has had a positive effect on his neighbourhood – and helped it to heal after tragedy. Then: we find out how two wintery countries encourage their citizens to take to two wheels, as well as what similarities they share. Plus: a look at a proposed tax designed to ensure that housing stock in Austria is utilised to its fullest.

28 March 2024

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Guerilla gardening

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We speak with activist and horticulturist Tayshan Hayden-Smith about his new book, ‘Small Space Revolution: Planting Seeds of Change in Your Community’, and how gardening can transform a community.

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Winter cycling

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Sheena Rossiter explores how countries that are fairly familiar with freezing temperatures embrace cycling in different ways at the Winter Cycling Congress in Canada.

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Vacancy tax

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Alexei Korolyov looks at Austria’s proposed vacancy tax, which is designed to ensure that the country’s housing stock is staying occupied.

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