Join the guerrilla gardeners planting up the public spaces of the Elephant and Castle with blooms that will brighten the area in spring 2014. Tools and materials will be provided. Your guide is founder of GuerrillaGardening.org and author of On Guerrilla Gardening, local resident Richard Reynolds.
Incredible though it may seem, amongst the swathes of tarmac and concrete that the Elephant and Castle is better known for have been sprouting bright and sometimes edible flora thanks to the attentiveness of guerrilla gardeners. Roadside tree pits, neglected traffic islands, abandoned council planters and decanted council estates have been adopted by these green fingered vigilantes to become living, social and natural hot spots.
Elephant and Castle has a role to play in today’s global guerrilla gardening movement as the place where Richard Reynolds began his nocturnal horticultural actions nine years ago. His blogging and writing kick started the present day blooming of the movement and he now frequently travels the world encouraging others to take part. His photography of guerrilla gardens has been displayed at the Venice Architecture Biennalle 2012 and at a one man show in The Garden Museum 2012. The activity around Southwark remains guerrilla as the authorities remain uncertain about how to embrace or control this action, but the legal ambiguity did not stop the Duchess of Cornwall joining in gardening here in 2011 nor has yet landed Richard or other local guerrilla gardeners in The Clink.
For more information about guerrilla gardening visit:
GuerrillaGardening.org – for Richard’s blog and further resources
Facebook.com/GuerrillaGardening – to join in online
OnGuerrillaGardening.com – for news of talks and the Handbook for Gardening Without Boundaries