Dispatches from South Africa: FMPZ Headquarters

Contributor post by Sara Trickett of itswhatiminto


The eThekwini municipality of Durban has implemented the Priority Zone Project in order to transform the inner city from a dirty crime-ridden area into a pleasant experience for all. One of the highlights of the zone is the rooftop garden above the FMPZ headquarters. A complete surprise as you climb the stairs- a full on working vegetable and indigenous succulent garden- aubergines, tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries, lettuce, spinach and enough basil to feed a small army of pesto eaters. Not only have they made use of a totally wasted urban space but they use solar power, harvested rain water and  recycled tires and pallets to create the planting beds and walkways. Pics by http://www.tyronebradley.co.za/







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Jan Halvarson

4 comments:

Carol said...

I love this gret project it most cool things to done .

Delphine said...

oh those community gardens are so gorgeous and utopian, i wish there were more where i live!

Paula Kuitenbrouwer said...

Those community roof gardens give us hope now that the streets are given away to fast traffic and the parks get overcrowded. In the documentary 'Around the World in 80 Gardens', a television series in which British gardener and broadcaster Monty Don visited 80 of the world's most celebrated gardens, one part of the series is devoted to communal roof gardens. It is amazing what can be achieved by clever gardening on balconies and roofs, not only for providing the neighbourhood with extra vegetables and fruit, these roof-gardens provide people with happiness. It is like they reclaim open space for nature and beauty. It sure is good for biodiversity too: many birds, bugs and butterflies will profit from extra green.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic! Beautiful post! Gorgeous photography!

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