The city of Tartu will sign a lease agreement with non-profit organization MTÜ Majakas who will build a city garden behind Lodjakoja barge workshop complex which will open to visitors next spring.
The public garden will be designed as a common urban space where people can grow their own local food and workshops and study events can take place. Visitors from abroad, volunteers, community gardeners and supporters are welcome to visit the Emajõe garden.
Gea Kangilaski (SDE), deputy mayor of Tartu, said: "City gardens unite residents, bringing together the community and enriching the environment with social and ecological values. We hope city residents will enjoy their time in the garden and that the home-grown food will get to some family's household who really needs it."
The aim of the city garden is to invite the city residents to take part in activities, to promote the principles of sustainable development and the functioning of new types of public areas.
Among other things, garden visitors will find a dining area, edible hedges, a greenhouse, a pizza oven, a plant study trail and much more. In addition, one can take part in workshops, training or organize environmentally friendly events in the garden.
The aim of initiators is to create a pleasant natural place where visitors can enjoy being outside, practice good cooperation between citizens and organizations, and respect nature.
The garden will be located behind the Lodjakoja complex. The garden will be completed at the end of the summer and will be 2,700 square meters in size. The area is planned to open to visitors in the spring of 2021.
This August, major public information evenings, working bees and other events will be taking place, with more detailed information available on the Emajõgi Garden's Facebook page (link in Estonian).
On 8 August, the Emajõgi Garden team will be in Tartu Central Park, in celebration of Urban Nature Day, where they will introduce their vision for the garden and how everyone can participate in the Emajõgi Garden.
Editor: Katriin Eikin Sein, Helen Wright