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Municipal Horticulture Parks

Lisboa City Hall began, in 2007, the development of a strategy for urban agriculture, having created, in 2011, several Horticultural Parks. Gardens or urban parks with all the facilities proper for those spaces (lawn areas, playground, kiosk, fitness equipment, bike lanes, etc.) with limited areas for the practice of agriculture. 

Beyond the provision of plots, the Council also provides the seals, shelters for storage, water irrigation, training and technical support. 

In 2011 the first two parks were opened: Granja Farm, with 56 plots of 150m2 and Campolide Gardens, with 22 plots, between 50 and 100 m2. In 2012 was opened the Telhiras Nascente Horticultural Park, following the Telheiras Central Park, with 21 plots between 80 and 120 m2.

For these plots, awarded by public tender, about a thousand applications were submitted, which reflects the huge demand for urban spaces for production by the citizens. 

Already in 2013 five new parks were opened, Nossa Senhora da Paz Park, Bensaúde Park, Olivais Park, Vale de Chelas Park and the surrounding area of Cerca da Graça. 

In 2014 Boavista Horticultural Park started working, within the ECO-Bairro da Boavista and it’s almost completed the intervention in the Casalinho da Ajuda Gardens, which were always open during the intervention. 

Altogether, in 2014 Lisboa has 10 Horticultural Parks, serving more than 400 families. 

In the coming months Lisboa City Hall intends to continue to be a national and international benchmark at this level, continuing to focus on opening new parks. In the final stage is the installation of a horticultural park in eastern green lane at Flores Farm, also in conclusion is the Bela-Flôr Farm Horticultural Park, as well as the Conde de Arcos Farm. 

Horticulture Parks foster recreation and a healthy lifestyle, in the outdoor, being an alternative leisure activity and an opportunity, for the younger ones, to develop new skills. 

These spaces and activities allow the development of environmental awareness by learning and applying good agricultural practices. Also the mutual help and sharing of knowledge reinforces social relations between users. 

In the environmental level, horticultural spaces promote ecological balance of the territory, when, as is the case, we apply in them good agricultural practices. These practices protect biodiversity and ecosystems, increase fertility and ground drainage. They also help to maintain humidity, lower the temperature and release of oxygen, easing the environmental impact from demographic excessive pressure. 

The Lisbon strategy, to build a green structure based on the idea of generation systems and multifunctional uses, including horticulture parks open to public, has been studied as an international example of good practice within the  Action COST TU1201 “Urban Allotment Gardens.

 Horticulture Parks Map

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Jardins de Campolide
Quinta da Granja
Cerca da Graça
Quinta Nossa Srª da Paz