BEST Institute for vocational training and personal training GmbH


Otesha training for GARDen OrgaNISERs


The development of shared gardens in Europe gained attention in recent years, with the sector becoming more professional, particularly in France. Appearance of “garden leaders” has been noted and there is specialised training designed by the Network of Mediterranean Solidarity Gardens, which is a training body recognised by the French State.

Training for Otesha Garden Organisers guides the training organisers on how to best transfer respective skills from France to Austria, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom. The use of garden facilitators plays a key role in the development of a shared garden in order to ensure sustainability of the actions and is the support tool for social inclusion and education. Earlier transitional projects have demonstrated the relevance and the importance of the transfer of skills to other European countries within the partnership. There is at present no similar training elsewhere and the training offered by the Network of Mediterranean Solidarity Gardens has demonstrated that it brings the required legitimacy and knowledge which is needed for its transfer to Europe.


Aims and target group

The main goal of the project is to transfer the GARDENISER as a trained facilitator in the sphere of shared gardens from France to other European partnership countries in order to better equip the partnership countries when developing shared garden projects within their respective countries.


Partners and results

Partners coming from France, Italy, Germany, United Kingdom and Austria will join efforts in order to provide the following objectives of GARDENISER, which are to:

  • produce a European specialised directory listing the key players in the field of shared gardens
  • provide vocational training in the social sectors and in the sector of gardening and landscaping
  • identify the most common core skills required from garden facilitators within the work sector and
  • organise introductory seminars on the topic
EU-Program: LLP, Leonardo da Vinci - Transfer of Innovation
Coordination: PISTES SOLIDAIRES (France)
Contact: Karin Kronika
Duration: October 2013 - September 2015
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.