Basic information
Original title:
Allotment gardening in the City Municipality of Ljubljana as a source of pollution in the ground, in processed food and in groundwater
Researchers involved:
, , , ,
1 July 2006–30 June 2008

Allotment gardening is a result of human's social and economic needs in urban areas. The waste made by pharmaceuticals made out of plants as well as heavy metals in produced food and groundwater pollution cause allotment gardening to be seen as source of risk for the population's health and for the environment. Allotment gardening has in the last decades uncontrollably spread throughout water protection areas in Ljubljana. Our goal is to mainly study the medical aspects, the planning and administrative aspects and environment-protection aspects. We studied the current literature and legislature, which refers to the studied areas in the City Municipality of Ljubljana and is necessary for the knowledge of the discussed topic. We made 300 surveys with allotment gardeners in 34 areas. We questioned from 6 to 9 gardeners in each area. The results of the survey were integrated into a digital database, within which statistical processing was made.

Allotment gardening is not only an economically interesting activity, but is also becoming a way of spending free time.

In some areas the unplanned allotment gardening extends to the immediate vicinity of water pumping stations.

Allotment areas in Ljubljana. (figure in high resolution)

Lead partner

Project manager

Project manager at ZRC


Javno podjetje Vodovod-Kanalizacija d. o. o.

Funded by

Mestna občina Ljubljana


allotment gardening • healthy food • groundwater • pharmaceuticals derived from plants • heavy metals • fertilisation • water-protection area • urban design • Ljubljana