Gardening

Orchards of the Fuencarral District – El Pardo

Hello everybody! Following our route of urban gardens through Madrid , we have reached the orchards in Fuencarral – El Pardo . It is a district belonging to the city of Madrid and administratively organized in the neighborhoods of El Pardo, Fuentelarreina, Peñagrande, Pilar, La Paz, Valverde, Mirasierra and El Goloso . This district is the largest, but not the most populated, since the Monte de El Pardo is within it , the urbanized areas represent a percentage of less than 50% of the total.

The district is delimited by: the municipalities of Las Rozas de Madrid, Torrelodones, Colmenar Viejo, Tres Cantos, San Sebastián de los Reyes and Alcobendas to the west, north and east, the district of Moncloa-Aravaca to the south, and the districts of Tetuán, Chamartín and Hortaleza to the east.

Now that we know something more about Fuencarral – El Pardo, let’s go into its orchards!

HUERTO DEL PILAR NEIGHBORHOOD

In the summer of 2007, a group of neighbors, together with members of the La Flor Neighborhood Association, transformed a piece of land near the Corcubión square into a community garden. In its years of history, the promoter group has involved, to varying degrees, a large number of “gardeners” and “gardeners” who are dedicated to planting seasonal vegetables according to the season. They have also occasionally organized other activities and visits organized by a concerted educational center near the orchard . Each year, they also collect household oil used to make soaps.and organize a barter market. In addition to the Neighborhood Association, other entities collaborate in the project, such as: the Cultural Association Expresiones, the Magister in Participatory Research (UCM), the Virgen del Pilar School, the  Madrid City Council (Fuencarral-El Pardo Municipal Board) and the Grupo Griot theater.

HUERTA DE MONTECARMELO

It is an initiative of the Carmen Pardo-Valcarce Foundation that works for the participation in society of people with intellectual disabilities . These urban solidarity gardens employ people with disabilities who work on the plots that are rented by those who want a garden close to the city.

In addition, they organize an activity called “Garden School” where every weekend courses related to tasks are given in each season , with topics such as initiation in the garden, direct sowing, seedlings , plant health, pruning and harvesting, among much others. There are also workshops for the little ones where games and activities are carried out to bring them closer to the field and learn with the five senses. To find out more, see our article «HUERTA DE MONTECARMELO. An oasis of organic gardens in Madrid »

THE TABLE OF COMPOSTURE

This garden was created as an initiative of composting community in December 2010, which enlarges the following 15M with the creation of terraces growing vegetables in season and a spiral with aromatic plants . It stands on an occupied plot on a landscaped slope on Castillo de Candanchú street in Las Tablas, in the Valverde neighborhood.

THE GARDEN WITHOUT A NAME

This orchard is the result of the recovery of an abandoned lot where the participants show every day their desire to work in favor of urban ecological agriculture while socializing and having a good time in the company of their neighbors. This protest project was launched with clear objectives: to create a meeting and coexistence place , to offer a source of self-consumption , to promote healthy lifestyle habits, to  maintain a space for environmental education, to preserve agricultural techniques and methods, and to  reduce the generation of waste.by making compost. In the absence of other civic centers or places of citizen participation, in the garden they are open to initiatives that promote non-commercial ideas . They usually meet every Saturday at 10 in the morning and in the afternoons during the week on Calle Herrera Oria on the corner of Calle Llano Castellano, although it has its entrance on Calle Labastida, 16.

THE GARDEN OF LA BEGO

This project originated thanks to the interest of residents of the neighborhood, with the support and participation of the Begoña Neighborhood Association , and under the initial protection of the activities of the Virgen de Begoña neighborhood plan . The success of assistance and collaboration has been important, since it is located in a common walking area, which is why neighbors of all ages visit it. The boys and girls of the neighborhood are an important part of the visitors , an important factor for the philosophy of the garden to last over time.

It is  a leisure and learning space, open to all residents , where everything produced is distributed among the participants and when there is a surplus, it is distributed to eventual visitors to the orchard. Among the participants, there is a small group of neighbors who form a consolidated and stable team and numerous occasional collaborators.

The orchard is located next to number 1 of Virgen de Aranzazu street and number 5 of San Dacio . Why don’t you dare to meet him?

SCHOOL GARDENS IN FUENCARRAL – EL PARDO

As you already know, there are a large number of schools in Madrid that, in recent years, have been incorporating the urban ecological garden as a didactic tool to promote respect for the environment, promote healthy lifestyle habits and bring the rural environment closer. to the city. The district of Fuencarral – El Pardo, has a large number of school gardens distributed in the following centers:

  • CEIP Josep Tarradellas  (Valverde Neighborhood)
  • CEIP Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo (Valverde Neighborhood)
  • CEIP Republic of Paraguay  (Valverde Neighborhood)
  • EEI Belén  (Valverde Neighborhood)
  • CEIPS Gabriela Mistral  (Valverde Neighborhood)
  • CEIP Enrique Granados  (Valverde Neighborhood)
  • CEIP Príncipe de Asturias  (El Goloso neighborhood)
  • Virgen de Mirasierra School  ( Mirasierra neighborhood)
  • CEIP Rabindranath Tagore  (Barrio de La Paz)
  • EEI The Court of the Pharaoh (Peñagrande Neighborhood)

So far the urban gardens in Fuencarral – El Pardo. See you at the next Agrohuertistas!

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