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Knowle West Workshop Celebration

Knowle West Workshop Celebration

A celebration workshop of all four Study Visits was held at Knowle West Media Centre – see it here.

Becca, Shaun, Sally, Steve on the steps of the Museum

On an excellent guided walk around the palace area (Steve P)

Press conference to celebrate 15 years of the Green Mapping System (Steve P)

Yes - the Danube is Blue! Houses of Parliament - in a similar style (Pugin) to the English ones (Steve P)

Farmer's market (Steve P)

A Hungarian-speaking Glaswegian exile and Gabby Schneider are our guides to the Garden City built 1909-26 (Steve P)

The archtitect Károly Kós's unique style usually included a diagonal square in the centre (Steve P)

Traditional style house. Economic hardship meant repairs were short-term and poor quality. All repairs now have to be approved with reference to an official 'Style-guide'. Grants are used to keep up standards. (Steve P)

Charming shutters lend a hand-built look (SteveP)

The 'Garden City' becomes a 'Transition Town' (Steve P)

For further info on the Garden City see:

Organic wine distributor (Steve P)

This cider is brewed very close to Bristol by the seaside (Steve P)

To see these photos on Google maps:

My very special three days at Budapest started in the Bistrita train station with a lot of enthusiasm after many months of counting the days. After a nine hour trip we arrived to Budapest. I was impressed by this amazing city from the minute I stepped onto the train station. Actually, as the days were passing, I became more and more fascinated with this city . It was clean, with an amazing architecture, with a lot of things to see. A real European capital. I even said once that I would be ready to move there anytime.

After such a long trip we were expected by Gergo at a lovely welcome dinner. That was really nice because we got the chance to know each other better because of the breaking the ice game where we got mixed and I had the opportunity to meet new people and exchange impressions with the other groups.

On the first day I learned more about the Green Map activity all over the world from Wendy and Gergo . We also had a little training for collecting data. It was a very interesting workshop, where I found out a lot of new information. After the workshop we went to my first tour through Budapest, The Secret Garden. I saw many types of gardens, more or less hidden, but every one of them had a very interesting story and it was remarkable for its beauty and uniqueness. I really enjoyed it very much. The next stop after lunch was a meeting of the Green Map makers, where there was a really nice moment, the celebration of 15 years of Green Map with a huge cake in the shape of Budapest. On this location I want to say congratulations to Wendy again and many many years more. The first day ended in the most pleasant way, with a trip on the Danube. That was one of the most special moments, because it was the first time I was traveling by boat and the view of Budapest was absolutely amazing.

After only a few hours of sleep, the second day came with other beautiful things to discover. In the morning I visited the Panon House, a very interesting futuristic building which was using solar energy and was actually able to produce energy by itself for a couple of weeks. Another interesting thing was that, the employees were able to move from one desk to another in order to take advantage as much as possible of the solar energy. We were shown the whole building and the whole system, which was very interesting. After that we went to the Milenaris Museum,  where I saw all sorts of beautiful fish. The third location of the tour was the Isle Margaret, a fairy tale place, very green, where you could see a deer and pony from really close. The tour was very nice and relaxing.

The next activity in the afternoon was the workshop about waste, where I found out a lot of information about this subject, about how to prevent waste in order to prevent harming of the environment. But my favorite part of the workshop was the crafts, where I was able to make my own pair of earrings, a bag from a milk can, and I even received a bracelet made of the bottom of a plastic bottle as a gift.

In the evening we had another amazing experience, we watch the sunset on the Sas hills from where you could practically see all of Budapest. The view was beautiful and I think it will remain a very special moment for me. I felt like I was “on top of Budapest”.

On the third day and the last one, unfortunately, we participated at the collecting data workshop, held by Gergo, Wendy and Ciprian where I learned basic information about Green Mapping and how to be able to actually contribute to it. It was a very useful workshop. In the evening we had a nice farewell party on a ship were we could enjoy the beautiful view of Budapest in a special way.

To conclude, as a personal experience, I had the opportunity to do a lot of things that I usually don’t have the chance to do. They may seem common experiences to most

people but for me everything was special and I tried to enjoy it as much as I could. I must admit that the trip wouldn’t have been the same without the new groups that I met, with the nicest people. And on this occasion I would like to thank my group, the Romanians, for all the help and for making my days in Budapest so nice and colorful. I had a really really great time and I cannot end without the most used phrase since I came back: “I want to go back!!!!!”.

It is only a few days left and we begin our Budapest challange. Here is the agenda in its 99% ready state. Some information is still incomplete. However, ready, steady….

Day 0 – 26 May (Thursday)
evening 20.30 Getting together – dinner and socializing
Venue [B]

Darshan, H-1088 Budapest, Krúdy Gyula utca 7.

Day 1 – 27 May (Thursday)
morning 9.00-13.00 Green mapping workshop I.

  • orientation and introduction
  • Green Mapping presentation by Wendy Brawer (Green Map Systems, New York)
  • introduction to the Budapest Green Map (Gergő Horváth, TVE)
  • training in data collection methodologies and practices (László Tatai, PPKE IK)
  • project tools (Steve Perry, Green Bristol and Ciprian Samolia, Associatia Ascendent)

Venue: [C]

Hallgatói Információs Központ (HIK) (H-1088 Budapest, Reviczky utca 6.)

afternoon 13.30 Alternative sight seeing

a) Socio-cultural walking tour

Meeting point: [1]

On the outside stairs of the Hungarian National Museum (1088 Budapest, Múzeum körút 14-16.)

b) Secret gardens and squares downtown

Meeting point: [2]

Károly Kamermayer statue (1052 Budapest, Kamermayer tér)

16.00-18.00 Public green mapping  workshop for Budapest NGOs and press conference

Venue: [D]

Négyszáz Restaurant (1075 Budapest, Kazinczy utca 52.)

19.00 Mainstram sight seeing: Danube boat trip

Meeting point: [3]

Vígadó tér, Landing Stage, Pier 5 or 5/A (“Yellow building”)

Evening Dinner, party, pub crawl…
Day 2 – 28 May (Friday) The thematic city




data collection ECOTOURISM

This panel aims to give a hint on the unique ecoutourism resources of Budapest. Morning part and full day combination only for people in good phisical condition!

Meeting point with Orsi: at 8.15am at the bus stop of bus no. 65 on Kolosy tér [4]

1. Caving in the Mátyás- and Pál-hegy cave system

Venue: [E]

Duration: 8.30-11.00

2. forest walk in Buda Hills (for those choosing A2 for the afternoon, and only if not tired enough)

Location: from the cave to Hüvösvölgy tram station

Duration: 12.00-14.30

Distance: cca. 6km





FOOD (food sovereignty, direct buying)

Food section will introduce participants to the rich food traditions as well as some of the latest struggles of the Hungarian capital from a green perspective.

Meeting point: Hunyadi sq. at 9am [I]

1. Visiting Hunyadi sq market and meeting market activists

2. Szatyor food community (visiting distribution centre) [J]

3. The main market hall of Budapest [K]






Meeting point: 8.15am at the hostel’s reception

Duration: 8.15am-1pm

1. Pannon House

Pannon House is one of Hungary’s most modern and “greenest” interactive corporate headquarters built in the spirit of environmental consciousness.

Venue: [L]

2. Millenáris

A great example of successful postindustrial brownfield development awarded with Europa Nostra prize in 2003.

Venue: [M]

3. Deer Garden on Margaret Island

Wood-piles imitating pavilons in harmony with the nature.

Venue: [N]




Orsi, Gergő


Meeting point: 14.30 in Hűvösvölgy tram station (no. 61) [5]

1. Children’s Railway& Rolling Study Path

Rolling Study Path is a special environmental education service with an equipped lab coach of the already unique children-run mountain railway of Budapest.

2. Cogwheel railway

Built in 1874 as the world’s third mountain railway “Fogaskerekű” is a great transport link between the town and its hills. We will take it from Széchenyi Hill [F] down to Városmajor [G].

3. Városmajor

A nice park and a great study path about the urban birds.

Venue: [G]






Meeting point: Budapest Bike [6] at 2pm

Duration: 14.00-17.00

1. biking int he city

2. bike activism – meeting activists (e.g., critical mass) at Velodrom, BikeKitchen etc.



Guide: Zsófi


Meeting point:BudapestBike, 2pm [6]

1. VAM Design Center and Design Day

Venue: [O]

2. The World in the Mirror exhibition

Venue: Museum of Applied Arts [P]

3. Cellux Group workshop (see details at the waste section)





Venue: Humusz House (hq of the Waste Prevention Alliance) [Q]

1. Study  path, environmental education

Humusz has a brilliant set of educational tools on waste and waste prevention. Check them out and have fun!

2. Waste prevention in Budapest (presentation)

3. Cellux Group workshop

“Landfill waste is resource stored in the wrong place” – create some trendy stuff from the rubbish bin.




18.00- Sas-hegy study path and „sunset” watching

Sas Hill nature reserve is a living museum of the Hungarian capital in terms of natural values restricted to a very small area, and a marvellous panorama.

Venue: [R]

evening dinner, party, pub crawl…
Day 3 – 29 May (Saturday) Towards the green[er] city (initiatives)
morning: data collection Guided tours through different parts of the city with the involvement of local CSOs/groups active on the grassroot level.

(A) Wekerle Estate

From the Garden city to the transition town: Wekerle is a town in the town with a special atmosphere of the past and some great ideas for the future.

Venue: [S]

Guidance is provided by Wekerle Community Association.

Meeting point: “Kossuth tér” stop of tram no. 50, 9am [7]

(B) Magdolna Quarter

Magdolna Quarter is among the worst reputated areas of Budapest. However, some really remarkable initiatives started here – worth to visit!

Venue: [T]

Guidance is provided by Hungarian Young Greens (ZöFi).

Meeting point: ZöFi office, 1086 Karácsony Sándor utca 22/B. , 9am [8]

afternoon 14.00-18.00 GREEN MAPPING WORKSHOP II.

*data processing and uploading to Budapest Green Map

*using B4 blog, flickr etc.

Venue: HIK computer centre [C]

evening 19.00- Dinner and farewell partyVenue: A38 ship [U]

…come back for updates!

(and see you in Budapest!)

Check out the actual 4B Budapest visit map!