Aleš Smrekar


Allotment Keeping in Ljubljana

Aleš Smrekar

Geographia Polonica (2009) vol. 82, iss. 2, pp. 69-87 | Full text

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This article introduces the issue of the planning of allotment gardening in the case of Ljubljana, Slovenia,as a self-supplying activity by which fresh vegetables are cultivated. Allotment gardening is an activitythat involves just a small percentage of Ljubljana’s population, those enthusiasts seeing this activityas more of a recreation and relaxation than a way of earning money. The city authorities are alreadyanticipating that allotments will be eliminated from locations deemed unsuitable, holders then beingoffered alternatives in more appropriate locations. The appropriateness of these planned locations forallotments was evaluated in respect of whether key exclusion and attractiveness measures were compliedwith. We also determined the partial suitability of selected locations.

Keywords: allotment gardening and keeping, allotment gardener, leisure activity, protection of the environment, spatial planning, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Aleš Smrekar [], Anton Melik Geographical Institute Scientifi c Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts Gosposka ulica 13, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia