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A general view of Tragard pa Sparet (Garden on the track) in Stockholm, Sweden. See slideshow of city farming in Sweden.
An increasing number of Swedish city-dwellers are growing their own in window boxes and allotments or are visiting public gardens built in or on industrial or office spaces.
Photography by Maxim Shemetov. Reporting by Helena Soderpalm.
Nov 9, 2016
Inspired by New York’s Highline, a garden built on an elevated railroad, and Berlin’s Prinzessinnengarten, a reclaimed wasteland, a Stockholm neighbourhood has turned a disused railway into a communal space for hundreds of amateur gardeners.
Five years ago, local man Philipp Olsmeyer wanted to make his Sodermalm area greener and contacted local authorities with his idea for the Tradgard pa Sparet – Swedish for “Garden on track”.
“Now there are about 200 (planter) boxes here. Some of them belong to the association and some belong to schools,” he said.