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In Belley, in the French department of Ain, a carefully-planned community garden combines leafy open spaces, a composting corner, square plots and a wild zone. Managed by the not-for-profit association J’art d’ain partagé, the park is open to all, with a mission to promote the importance of eco-citizenship.
Since 2011, the not-for-profit association J’art d’ain partagé has worked to establish and maintain educational, semi-wild gardens offering a wide range of activities, with a special focus on school groups and marginalised or vulnerable adults. Encompassing everything from communal spaces to vegetable plots, J’art d’ain partagé enables individuals to experience greater well-being through access to attractive semi-natural spaces, in a convivial, supportive, eco-friendly atmosphere.
While J’art d’ain partagé manages a number of sites across the department, the Foundation’s support is focused on the extensive garden at the Clos de Saint-Anthelme in Belley, as part of the second edition of our H³ programme (Heart – Head – Hand). Covering 6,000 m2, this agro-urban park is conceived as an evolving natural space in which plants can self-seed and spread freely within a planned, tripartite structure of communal spaces, wild areas and nursery plots.
The park is an ideal focus for school groups, permaculture training, and the transfer of skills and know-how in agro-ecology and eco-landscaping. With overall responsibility for the management of this shared, educational, eco-friendly space, J’art d’ain partagé will liaise with an ambassador from the Hermès leather workshops in Belley, reflecting the Foundation’s commitment to partner local initiatives for the promotion of biodiversity.