Nature Based Solutions - Implementation Models Database
Community Garden Nagykovácsi
A short description of the NBS project
This is a new initiative in a wealthy suburban village near Budapest. Despite of that the people live in a small village, their lifestyle is more urban and they have a little connection to each other. Observing the situation, some local people decided to create a community garden where people can work together, and they have the possibility to aquire gardening skills.
The objectives of the intervention are to create a community garden with the target of the collective work, education and the production of vegetables as well.
NBS Implementation context
Hungary, Budapest- Nagykovácsi
Description of the NBS
NBS Impacts scale
Urban density/ Soil consumption
low (suburb at the limit with rural areas, etc.)
Combined with other(s) environmental friendly solution(s)?
Project manager (leader and main partners): entities names, and know-how involved
Leader: Judit Vojczek
Main partners: citizens, families, local school & local operating settlement group
Who (else) was involved in the project ? (Inhabitants, local association, etc.)
The plot where the community garden is situated, is in private ownership, the owner is an inhabitant of Nagykovácsi. She is member of the local nature-preservation association, and she decided set up this garden with her group.
More detail on the process and the role of the different stakeholders (How did it happen?)
First of all the citizens working and producing vegetables in the community garden.
The NATÜ helps in the transproting of the necessary tools.
The School - the students participate in the works too.
OPTIONAL Considering the actual impacts, who are the primary beneficiaries of the project.
Citizens, Families, and pupils of Nagykovácsi
public and private cooperation
Global Estimated cost of the project
> 20 000€
Private Finance Initiative (PFI)
Description of the financing mechanism
Everything is covered by he community. - The products are not selled in the market, but rather a sort of barter.
Maximize material productivity and energy efficiency
Barter is typical among the "shareholders".
Deliver functionality, rather than ownership
Expected time for the NBS to be fully effective after its implementation
short (immediately to few months)
Expected life time of the intervention
around 10 years
Already feedbacks on the project? In case, the project has already been adapted to new requisites, please explain the modifications brought
Success and limiting factors
The participants get close to nature. The children recognize from where get the food to the table. The decreaised use of chemicals.
The governance of the project is based on the one person, who is the owner of the territory.
What makes this project a pioneer?
Brief description of the innovativeness
To get people from different social classes closer to each other through common interest.
The challenge is related to the urban lifstyle of inhabitants of Nagykovácsi, a sub-urban village. People go to work early morning to town, and arrive at evening, so they live in a house with a garden, but they cant make use of it. The project aims to educate people to work in their gardens.
Has the project received a prize, an award?
Has the project received a media coverage? (in reviews, in press, etc.)
The Comm. Garden has a platform on the webpage of the NATE (Nagykovácsi Cvil Association of Environmentalist).
developing social cohesion
Interview with the founder of the Nagykovácsi Community Garden