Entire neighbourhoods can be given a green lease of life with a few extra trees. You can set up community greening projects by contacting local councils or by getting involved in volunteer projects like Timberland’s My PlayGreen, which you can find across Europe in London, Milan, Berlin, Paris and Barcelona.
Greening urban spaces to bring communities together
Sustainability is also a great way to bring communities together. In France, the long-abandoned La Coulée Verte René-Dumont elevated railway has been transformed into an urban garden for local communities. In Stockholm, a five-floor hospital car park has been converted into a lush green butterfly sanctuary (Fjärilstak och nektarrestaurang). Urban beekeeping has become popular in recent years, and DIY rooftop beehives are common in a lot of European cities.
There’s plenty to love when it comes to urban greening and gardening projects. For Alfie, the simple enjoyment of being outside is what keeps him going.