Allotment gardening in Ljubljanaapplied research project
Principal Investigator at ZRC SAZUAleš Smrekar, PhD
Allotment gardening in the City Municipality of Ljubljana as a source of pollution in the ground, in processed food and in groundwater
CollaboratorsDavid Bole, PhD, Mateja Breg Valjavec, PhD, Bojan Erhartič, PhD, Drago Kladnik, PhD, Katarina Polajnar Horvat, PhD
Durationsince July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2008
Kmetijski inštitut Slovenije (Agricultural Institute of Slovenia)
Andrej Simončič, Ph. D.
Financial SourceMestna občina Ljubljana
PartnersJavno podjetje Vodovod-Kanalizacija d. o. o.
Allotment gardening is a result of human's social and economic needs in urban areas. The waste made by pharmaceuticals made out of plants as well as heavy metals in produced food and groundwater pollution cause allotment gardening to be seen as source of risk for the population's health and for the environment. Allotment gardening has in the last decades uncontrollably spread throughout water protection areas in Ljubljana. Our goal is to mainly study the medical aspects, the planning and administrative aspects and environment-protection aspects. We studied the current literature and legislature, which refers to the studied areas in the City Municipality of Ljubljana and is necessary for the knowledge of the discussed topic. We made 300 surveys with allotment gardeners in 34 areas. We questioned from 6 to 9 gardeners in each area. The results of the survey were integrated into a digital database, within which statistical processing was made.
Allotment areas in Ljubljana. (figure in high resolution)