On November 7th, the community garden „Paradiesgarten Ratzeburg“ was started with the symbolic planting of a raspberry bush. This event is special for two reasons: The “Paradise Garden” will not only give new possibilities for local recreation and socializing to the residents of Ratzeburg, a small city near Hamburg. Its founder, the local artist Sabine Egelhaaf, has also successfully completed the first Gardeniser training course in Germany.
The art society of Lauenburg patronises the community garden which is situated on the isle of Ratzeburg, between the city centre and the cathedral. Rainer Voß, the mayor of Ratzeburg, is content that two formerly unused sites of community owned land will now be contributing to the attractiveness of the inner city. Berries, vegetables and herbs will soon delight residents and tourists on their walk around the isle of Ratzeburg.
“Gardeniser gave me courage and even more determination to set up our Paradise Garden”, says Sabine Egelhaaf. She was coached for her project in the Gardeniser training offered by the adult education centre ABÖE e. V. The training enables community garden leaders to live up to their multiple tasks in the job. Gardeniser set off as an international ESF project and will be continued from March until October 2016 with a series of complementary training modules.