Better Gardens - Soil quality, Biodiversity and Social Value of Urban Gardens
Project responsable Andreas Fliessbach
Project partner Marco Moretti
Thesis director Renée Claire Le Bayon
Abstract Gardens are very valuable for people and nature. They provide healthy vegetables; they are places to encounter nature and for recreation; and they provide essential habitats for plants and animals. Despite the increasing recognition of the social and ecological importance, and the considerable proportion of urban green spaces in the city area, there are still many gaps in our knowledge about urban gardens.

With the research project Better Gardens we want to explore how gardeners manage their gardens and which factors influence their decisions. Furthermore we want to investigate what effects different management practices have on soil quality, biodiversity and the quality of life of gardeners.

The study is being conducted by the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL. The project takes place from January 2015 to December 2017 in the three cities of Bern, Lausanne and Zurich.

BetterGardens is supported by the Swiss Family Gardens Association. The research project is financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
Keywords urban soils; gardens; biodiversity; ecosystem services
Project homepage http://https://www.bettergardens.ch/en/home.html
Type of project Fundamental research project
Research area Biologie
Method of financing SNF Sinergia
Status Completed
Start of project 1-1-2015
End of project 31-12-2018
Contact Renée-Claire Le Bayon