International Allotment Movement
The NSALG is a member of the International Office of Allotment and Leisure Gardens (Office International du Coin de Terre et des Jardins Familiaux), a European wide not-for-profit organisation which works to promote the benefits of allotments and leisure gardening. The office has over 2 million members affiliated to it from fifteen different countries.
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This year the International Congress was held in Vienna, delegates discussed the following;
“The expert advice of the future considering sustainability and responsible resource management.
The responsibility of allotment gardeners towards future generations and the ecological conservation of the ground put at the disposal”
for more details of the event and the resolution passed please visit www.jardins-familiaux.org
Founded in Luxembourg in 1926, the organisation is now in its 90th year and continues to champion the cause of allotments in many countries from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great-Britain, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. Since 2006 the Japanese allotment garden federation (Association for Japan Allotment Garden)has been linked to the Office by an associative agreement.
The International Office participates in the Council of Europe and has been a member of EUROPA NOSTRA since 2013. This enables the organisation to promote the necessity of leisure gardens for the improvement of the quality of life in the urban areas and that they need to be legally secured.
The aim of the International Office is to support the Federations to better reach their aims e.g. by networking, developing guidelines and documents and discussion. All the Federations face similar challenges - establishing positive relationships with authorities, environmental protection, promoting social engagement and adapting to changing political and financial landscapes in an innovative way.
Therefore the Office supports the national Federations and associations by granting diplomas. The Federations can ask for a diploma to be given to an association in order to thank the gardeners for their engagement, to applaud their achievements and to motive other allotment gardeners to become more active. Additionally partners and authorities can receive the "Golden Rose" to thank them for their constant engagement and support of the allotment movement. The Office supports as far as possible worthy national and trans-border projects.