About the project
With the “Grüne Höfe” (Green Backyards) project the BUND Leipzig aims to promote the ecological redesign of backyards and other open spaces, as well as a long-term commitment to the maintenance and enhancement of these areas. Both the users and the owners of the area are enabled to contribute to the environmentally friendly development of the city.
Leipzig’s countless backyards are an essential part of the urban landscape. With the right design and care, they can make an important contribution to the regulation of the city’s climate, the protection of species and the well-being of residents. The project aims to create new habitats that link existing urban biotopes, promote structural diversity and thus effectively support local biodiversity. In addition, open spaces within a city have a positive impact on the urban climate by counteracting the urban heat island effect.
As well as advising and supporting interested tenants and communities, the project also Leipzig’s large housing associations. In cooperation with all parties involved, possible steps will be discussed to transform a short-cut lawn into an ecologically valuable habitat with benefits for people and animals.
How can you turn your backyard into a “green backyard”?
Want to improve your backyard and help protect urban nature and the climate? Join the “Green Backyards”!
The local branch of BUND Leipzig supports you with the following offers in order to achieve our common goal of the ecological upgrading of private open spaces:
- Personalised garden design guidelines
- Professional advice on the choice of ecologically valuable plants
- Financial assistance with material costs
- Help in convincing the owners
- Loan of gardening tools and books on plant selection, plant protection, garden design and more
- Help with organising and holding public backyard celebrations
Important note: The design activities must be carried out or commissioned by the project participants themselves.
How to get started
Let’s talk about and realise the potential of your backyard. Fill in our application form and send it to Henrike Barske: gruenehoefe(at)bund-leipzig.de
Tips and tricks
- Brand-new: You can share your eco-friendly project in our “Green Backyards” Telegram chat group! If you would like to join, send an email to Nicole Brühl or tick the box below when subscribing for the mailing service.
- Before you start, you will need permission from your landlord or housing association. You can find a template for contacting your landlord / housing association in Word and PDF format here.
- Not sure what plants are in your garden, but want to get an idea? Take a walk with an app! We recommend “Flora Incognita”.
- Our financial support covers things like seeds, plants, soil, nesting boxes and the hire of heavy machinery. Unfortunately, we cannot cover the cost of materials such as wood to build raised garden beds. However, you can get in touch with the “Restlos” project who can provide you with materials.
- Guidelines for building nest boxes can be found in the brochure: “Vielfalt sorgt für Vielfalt” by BUND.
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Leipzig keeps growing! Housing is scarce, construction sites are everywhere, and more and more brownfield sites are disappearing, taking plants and animals with them. In order to ensure Leipzig’s attractive green character, quality of life and urban biodiversity, it is not only housing that can be redensified. The rest of the immediate residential area is also in urgent need of careful internal development.
Until now, the functional green and open spaces in residential areas have often reduced the quality of life and provided few opportunities for residents to experience nature. Due to the intensive maintenance of the open spaces, there is a lack of structures for native animal and plant species to live in. In many places, monotonous lawns with evergreen hedges dominate – desolation all year round. The same is true for many backyards in Leipzig’s urban area. Used as parking spaces for bicycles and rubbish bins, the potential of many backyards to become valuable green spaces is completely untapped.
This huge and so far largely untapped potential for more urban nature and quality of life is to be unlocked by designing these areas close to nature!
Please note: Our funding can cover the transformation of up to 30 backyards. The date of the application will determine the award of the grant. The 31st of November 2023 is the deadline for all invoices arising from the project funding.