Recovering wasteland in Spain

I’ve already mentioned in a previous post about how communities are now buying / leasing / renting abandoned land from local councils. The council provides greenery and irrigation, while the community involved maintains the grounds.

However, there are strict rules, such land cannot be built on! We heard of a bowling club that transformed wasteland into a bowling green and had to apply for planning permission, just to build a shed to store equipment in! An unusual exception to the rule was granted.

Here are three fine examples of such spaces… 

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Spot the irrigation system just visible before it goes underground…

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And more restored land close by…

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Note the dinky lights which glow blue at night…

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And yet another spectacular area created, down a ravine…

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And the roundabout waiting to be adorned, note the massive wide roads? There’s about 4 cars (tops) per hour go round it…

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Smaller plots behind or next to a house can be rented out to the resident as a small garden. (Outside of their garden boundary, not in addition to their land). But mostly they use that kind of space for allotments. One guy further up the hill has transformed wasteland into a smallholding. Yes, just 3 miles from the beautiful beach we were at in yesterday’s post, there’s some hens, a few sheep and we think he’s got a horse or two up there as well…!

The land rises quite sharply from the sea here which is also beautiful because houses are “planted” (excuse pun) so they slope down towards the coast…

And then there’s the peace, oh the peace. I’m sat outside and all I can hear are the birds a twittering, and twittering of a different kind — the first cicada’s of the season are saying hello. I love that sound…

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