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The own garden has long since become a lifestyle object: There are around 15,000 allotment garden clubs today, and the average age of tenants has fallen in recent years to 47 years. LBS explains where the trend is coming from, which legal regulations to follow and what insurance is needed.
For recreation next door: green oases are also in the middle of the city
The allotment culture has its origins in the middle of the 19th century. Dr. Daniel Gottlob Moritz Schreber, an orthopedist and university teacher, came up with the idea in 1808 of creating green spaces in cities. These should serve as play areas for children. But it was not until after his death that the idea prevailed over a large area: in 1864 a "Schreberverein" was founded in Leipzig, which had the task of raising children outdoors. Today there are more than one million allotments in Germany.
Membership: what you should consider
An allotment requires a little care. If everyone helps, it's easierIf you decide for a small garden, you should bring enough time to care for it properly. Allotment gardens are usually in the sponsorship of clubs. In order to lease a parcel, you must become a club member. The articles of association inform about rights and obligations of tenants. The lease is usually for an indefinite period, but termination is possible at any time.
Rights and obligations
How he decorates his garden is up to everyone - at least in most casesAmong other things, the articles of association of the allotment garden show how tall trees should be, which plants should be cultivated, and how high the proportion of vegetables and fruit trees must be. Nevertheless, there are always conflicts with neighboring parcels. Often it is about little things, such as garden decoration that does not like a neighbor. Basically, it is up to each tenant to decide how to design his property - unless it is an obvious provocation. In the underlying case, a garden owner had set up a garden gnome, which showed the middle finger to the neighbors. The district court Grünstadt (file number 2 a C 334/93) decided that the dwarf was to be removed.
It is best to talk to your neighbors about possible disruptive factors right at the beginning: Who cuts the tree back at the property boundary? Who picks up the fallen fruit? For once the fronts have hardened, such a conflict ends quickly in court. In 2003, the Federal Court of Justice ruled that payments of around € 200 per annum could be made if there is excessive contamination of the neighboring property with pine needles.