The one-square-meter vegetable gardens are seen in the “pocket park” on the east side of the diversion canal of Yongding River in Tiancunlu subdistrict, Haidian district, Beijing, April 25, 2017. [Photo by Qin Shengnan/Qianlong]
Recently, a total of 168 one-square-meter vegetable gardens have been built in the leisure park on the east side of the diversion canal of Yongding River in Tiancunlu subdistrict of Haidian district in Beijing. From May, they will officially open to subdistrict’s residents for planting vegetables free of charge.
At present, the 168 vegetable gardens are being prepared with soil tilled and watering and some pilot vegetables that have been planted in the gardens are now sprouting.
Wang Yushan, an official from Tiancunlu subdistrict, said the pilot construction of public welfare one-square-meter vegetable gardens without destroying soil in “pocket parks” was approved at the beginning of this year, and it can inspire residents’ enthusiasm for loving and building green via planting vegetables in the vegetable gardens.
It is learned that the Tiancunlu subdistrict pioneered to build “pocket parks” in 2015, when the subdistrict devoted itself to demolishing illegal buildings for adding green spaces. From 2015, the subdistrict gradually built corner lands into mini parks with well-arranged flowers, grass and landscapes, and the parks were all given a serial number for better management. Currently, there are 165 “pocket parks” with an area ranging from 10 square meters to 2,000 square meters, and the number is expected to reach 200 by the end of this year.
A “pocket park” is seen near the diversion canal of Yongding River in Tiancunlu subdistrict, Haidian district, Beijing, April 25, 2017. [Photo by Qin Shengnan/Qianlong]