The local Eco Quartier (a little neighbourhood org. that does recycling, gardening, and ecologically-oriented projects) visited the lane behind my apartment, which was generally a down at the heels place, full of burdock and junk. They instigated a project of planting a garden back there. It’s part of an initiative called ruelle verte.
Notice these are all women working here. Men like me came around, but mostly to kibitz and comment. I don’t know why it worked out this way.