Monday 10 May 2010
Do you know about Guerilla gardening?
It is easily one of the best things I have heard about in ages. It was started by Richard Reynolds who has been a guerilla for six years- since he started nurturing neglected patches of land in Elephant and Castle (which for people who don't know it is itself a very neglected but character filled part of London), where he lives.
On the guerilla gardening website he says he was 'driven by a life long love of gardening, a lack of a garden, and the fun of doing it in public I found easy opportunities in the abandoned flower beds, neglected traffic islands and tree pits near me'.
Basically the guerilla gardening troops take something like this:
And, often overnight, make it look like this:
Isn't that great?
And it happens all over the world now. On May the 1st 2010 over six thousand guerilla gardeners from across the world planted sunflower seeds, so look out for the glorious sunflowers in unexpected places that will hopefully be blooming soon!
You can find out lots more about the guerilla gardening movement here; including lots of advice on how to get started pimping your pavement.
There is also a guerilla gardening book which you can find out about here. They also have a facebook page and Richard tweets here or there is a guerilla gardening twitter here.