Best Practices

Learning from best practice concepts

A selection of successful gardens and effective activities in different European countries provides the widest possible range of experience for the users of the learning platform. Get an idea of the real experiences of managers and users of community gardens that are successfully implemented and operated! 

Selected best practice - Gardens and garden activities from five European countries were developed from on-site visits and in-depth interviews with managers, members and migrants in the gardens. In addition to the structure and facts about the gardens themselves, the experiences and challenges of procedures and policies and the inclusion efforts of the initiatives were also focused on. The results were summarised in a structured way, so that a comprehensive picture of the organisations and gardens is demonstrated.

In the ‘Best Practice section’, there is a choice whether to browse through the 16 selected gardens or through the 33 activities in these gardens. It is possible to switch back and forth between the gardens and their activities at any time.

Click on the ‘gardens’ symbol below to open a map of Europe and an additional an illustrated list of best practice gardens in Austria, Germany, Spain, Sweden, and UK.

Both, the map and the garden list, can show individual gardens to learn more about them. Each garden description is clearly structured for easy orientation. Besides a short description of the garden, there are pictures from the garden, a link to the website of the garden (if available) as well as direct link(s) to special activities that are carried out in this garden (→ best practice activities).

Unique statements from interviewed managers and users of the gardens on their specific experiences can be seen when scrolling down. More detailed information is included on the garden (exact location, garden description) and on integration approaches offered by the respective garden. Switching between these two tabs is in a small menu list at the left sidebar.

The tab on social inclusion and empowerment of migrants is divided into the sections "Details on the Initiative", "Chances/Opportunities" and "Challenges/Threats" for better understanding. The collected information on each garden can also be downloaded as a printable pdf on each garden description site.

Select the ‘activities’ icon below to get directly to the overview of the various activities in the gardens. Most of the activities can also be directly assigned to one of the best practice gardens shown on this learning platform. A total of 33 activities has been divided according to the following main categories:

  • Arts and crafts;
  • Cooking and gastronomy;
  • Gardening;
  • Social interaction;
  • Training.

The categories can be easily narrowed down using a filter setting located above the selection of activities.

In addition, small icons on the activity previews show the activities that are especially relevant for two crucial aspects of social integration:

  Empowerment of migrants

  Language learning

Learn from best practices and be inspired to create your own ideas and possibilities for social inclusion!!