Gardening

Urban Gardens in Puente de Vallecas

Hello again! We continue our route through the urban gardens of Madrid with the Puente de Vallecas DistrictPuente de Vallecas  is one of the 21 districts of the city of Madrid and is administratively organized in the neighborhoods of  Entrevías, San Diego, Palomeras Bajas, Palomeras Sureste, Portazgo and Numancia . With 240,917 inhabitants, it is one of the most populated districts of the City. It is located to the southeast of the municipality of Madrid , bounded by the M-30 to the west, the A-3 to the north, the Avenida de la Democracia, the Madrid-Zaragoza railway line and the M-40 to the southeast and the Manzanares river to the southwest. In turn Puente de Vallecas borders the districts of Villa de Vallecas,to the east, Moratalaz , to the north, Retiro and Arganzuela , to the west, and Usera , to the southwest. Are you already located? Well, let’s see their orchards!

Orchards in Puente de Vallecas

We are going to see some of the orchards that you can find in the Puente de Vallecas district

Orchard of El Pozo del Tío Raimundo

In the neighborhood of El Pozo del Tío Raimundo , given the rural origin of its population, there is extensive experience in matters of orchards and gardens. The El Pozo Neighborhood Association, in collaboration with a group of interested neighbors, wanted to recover these experiences and promote them through this project.

Huerta Espinakas

The Espinakas urban garden begins with the environmental and ecology working group of the Popular Assembly of 15m Puente de Vallecas . In the first meetings the lines of action of the group were defined: urban garden, environmental education and responsible consumption and self-consumption. In Vallecas there are many lots without any use and completely abandoned on the verge of becoming a landfill and a risk for the neighborhood. For this reason, it was decided to turn a degraded area into a meeting space , between the people of the neighborhood, and between the countryside and the city. The Espinakas garden is an open space in which all people who wish can participate. They open on Sundays at 12 noon, on Avenida de Pablo Neruda on the corner of Villalobos.

SCHOOL GARDENS

As you know, in Madrid there is a growing trend in terms of the introduction of ecological gardens in schools , and those in Puente de Vallecas are no exception. Let’s see some of them:

Orchard in CEIP Palomeras Bajas

The Palomeras Bajas public school has an ecological garden for the development of different activities with the students . The main objective of the garden commission (made up of parents of students from the center) is to support the teaching activities that the teachers carry out with the students in this space. For this, different maintenance and preparation tasks of the garden are carried out, such as the creation of a “corner of the garden” in the school , maintenance of the vermicomposter (red worm) and the compost bin , as well as the care of the different crops. With all these tasks the garden is improving little by little at all levels and thus, each timeis acquiring a greater role in the life of the school . The main objective is to have fun and learn in this open space, for all who want to get closer. You can approach Thursdays from 16:15 h .

Orchard in CEIP Asturias

Within the “Educate today for a more sustainable Madrid” program of the Madrid City Council, this school has benefited from the support necessary for the start-up of a school garden . Work has been done and improved to consolidate this project, so much so that they were the orchard chosen for the cover of the “Nature and Biodiversity” section of the guide “Educate today for a more sustainable Madrid for the 2012/2013 academic year”. This fact is a recognition to all those who participate in this project and put their effort so that the garden acquires more relevance in the lives of all day by day .

Orchard in CEE Vallecas

It is a special education center that began to participate in the 2008 school gardens and gardens project . At that time, they had a Transition to Adult Life (TVA) classroom that exclusively worked on this topic. Now they have decided to participate in the Educate today for a more sustainable Madrid” program  with the Nature and Biodiversity module to give continuity to a project that they see as being of great educational use. The orchard commission is the one that is now in charge of centralizing all the organization of the tasks around it and other activities for sustainability in the center.

Vegetable garden in CEIP Manuel Núñez de Arenas

The members of this public school are aware of the great wealth and multitude of resources that the natural environment offers . They acknowledge being lucky to have a large outdoor space where the garden has been built. A great place to be with others, enjoy the land, play with the water, plant vegetables, observe their growth and above all take care of them. Around the orchard, topics such as natural fertilizers , cultivation tasks in the different seasons of the year, the properties of the vegetables they grow or the seedbeds are discussed What they want is to promote respect for nature as a source of life, combine theoretical aspects with practical and manipulative aspects, encourage cooperative work and creative playful activity in direct contact with the natural environment and develop healthy eating and living habits.

Other orchards in Vallecas

The above are just some of the school gardens in Puente de Vallecas, however, the Vallecas I Secondary Education Institute, the El Madroñal Early Childhood Education School, the Carlos Sáinz de los Terreros and Javier de Miguel Public Schools for Infant and Primary Education As well as the Colegio Gredos San Diego , they also have an ecological garden as a tool for educational innovation.

This is all! If you know any of these orchards in Vallecas or you think I have missed one, do not hesitate to comment. !Until next time!

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