Spain
Education - Awareness-raising
Food - Agriculture
Territorial planning and territorial management

Programme Las Moreras Garden (Huerta Las Moreras)

A huge wasteland, 90 hectares in total, in the north of the city (formerly agricultural plots which were no longer used due to land speculation) had become a dump, some parts with huge mountains of debris, until the neighbours mobilised to change the environment.

An initiative of Comité Pro-Parque Educativo Miraflores (Miraflores Pro-Park Educational Committee)

Overview of the project

Plots were designed, trees planted, and several complementary projects were conceived:

  • Family gardens
  • Community gardens
  • School gardens
  • Greenhouses
  • Educational paths

Miraflores Park is a shared and solidarity-based space that is managed by an association, particularly regarding the public buildings acquired by the community following an expropriation that extended the park’s surface area. Natural areas have also been reclaimed, notably around the river adjacent to the park.

Objective

Miraflores Park is an eco-social neighbourhood facility, a shared multifunctional space for solidarity, integration, learning, and education in community management.

Level of progress

Ongoing research

Project timeline

01/09/1991 - project still on-going

Quantitative results
  • 180 plots
  • 250 children from the 12 public schools
  • 5,000 visits
Qualitative results

In Seville, the garden’s audience is predominantly male, retired or unemployed, for whom the economic dimension of the garden seems more important.

The project has received several awards, including the 2012 City of Seville Medal and its presentation at the Habitat II Conference in Istanbul (1996).

About the
organisation

Comité Pro-Parque Educativo Miraflores (Miraflores Pro-Park Educational Committee)

website
Raúl Puente Asuero
rpueasu@upo.es
+34 630159408

A huge wasteland, 90 hectares, in the north of the city (formerly agricultural plots no longer used due to land speculation) had become a rubbish dump, in some parts mountains of debris, until the neighbours mobilised to change the environment.

From 1983 onwards, the district’s inhabitants gather around the association “Comité Pro-Parque Educative Miraflores” (“Miraflores Pro-Park Educational Committee”) occupying this territory abandoned by the government. During the 1980s, they carried out numerous collective tree plantings with the idea of reclaiming, renewing, and rehabilitating a green space, as well as recovering the valuable natural and cultural heritage that was still under debris.

Other partners / supporters

Mayor of Seville