The purpose of the community garden can only be guaranteed by the cooperative work of the lessees, respect for neighbours, the environment and explicit regulations. This is part of the lease agreement and is mandatory for each stakeholder.
The “a Stackels” garden is subdivided into common areas, including a community garden, recreation area, compost frame, garden shelter, toilet and water access. For the other parts, the area will be divided into individual plots to be cultivated by each lessee personally.
Each lessee shall comply with the following rules and shall pay the annual participation fees, the amount of which may vary from year to year.
The “Projet Arcade” department, assigned to the OSNOS Social Office, is the manager of the “a Stackels” community garden. For all complaints, questions, suggestions or other matters, the lessee is requested to contact the “Projet Arcade” managers.
Duties and obligations:
- The plots are intended for horticultural activities (vegetables and flowers) and this only for consumption and personal need;
- The plots are to be cultivated according to ecological criteria, without pesticides, chemical fertilizers or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Training may be organised on this subject;
- Lessees are strongly encouraged to walk, bike or take public transportation to the garden. The garden does not provide parking spaces for motor vehicles. Public spaces are available at the park and ride on Avenue G.-D. Charlotte and the cemetery car park;
- Lessees may, at their own liability, be accompanied without exceeding the number of 6 persons working in the same individual plot at the same time or occupying the recreation area;
- The individual plot is to be cultivated and treated regularly and personally by the lessee. They will ensure that their crops do not disturb or harm the crops of the surrounding individual plots;
- The individual plot must be worked no later than two months after the start of the gardening season (no later than early July). In the event of non-compliance, the individual plot may be allocated to another person on the waiting list managed by the manager (Projet Arcade), without the right to return the fee;
- Watering should be done with a watering can and not with a garden hose;
- Working and stays in the garden are permitted between 07:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.;
- Waste that cannot be composted must be disposed of by each lessee with their household waste at their home;
- Waste that can be composted is to be placed on the common compost heap;
- Common gardening tools are to be used conscientiously and are to be cleaned before placing them in the tool shed;
- A harvesting party and/or an open day may be organised (supported by the manager and the City of Ettelbruck) for the prospecting of new gardeners and the information of the local residents.
The lessee is prohibited from:
- Sowing, cultivating, or making use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and using chemical pesticides or fertilizers;
- Planting trees or plants with invasive roots such as bamboo, mint, and Jerusalem artichoke;
- Planting ornamental shrubs and hedges that exceed 1.5 m in height. Large plants (bushes with red berries) and taproot plants (e.g. pumpkin) may be planted in common plots following the decision of the manager;
- Keeping bees, rabbits, hens, pigeons and other domestic or livestock animals (dogs, cats);
- Dropping waste in the garden;
- Drilling septic wells or pits, attaching washing lines, installing toilets;
- Disturbing neighbours by excessive noise (radio, TV, generator or other sound sources);
- Draining water onto a neighbouring property;
- On Sundays and statutory holidays, using electric tillers, motorised mowers or engines and complying with municipal noise regulations;
- Burning waste and therefore inconveniencing neighbours or walkers;
- Constructing a gazebo or other garden shelter, or an enclosure around the individual plot;
- Parking any vehicle or trailer on municipal land, unless approved in advance by the competent authorities.
The obligations and prohibitions listed above are not exhaustive. In all circumstances, the lessee will ensure that an occupation is carried out “with due care”.