The secret life of the 'guerilla gardener'
Guerilla gardening is illegal - but that's not stopping the middle classes from prettifying their neighbourhoods
By Louise Gray
Last Updated: 10:43AM BST 15 Apr 2009
The act of illicit gardening has a long history in Britain; some date it as far back as the Diggers, a group of socialists who fought for the right to cultivate land in the 17th century.(...)
But guerrilla gardening does not have to be a political protest. It can be as genteel as planting cowslips on a neglected verge – which may be why it is being taken up by people who have never broken the law before.
Richard Reynolds, a strategic planner for an advertising agency who learned how to garden from his mother and grandmother, is the unofficial leader of a growing movement in London. Frustrated by his lack of a garden in Elephant and Castle, one of the roughest areas of south London, in 2004 he decided to brighten up its notorious roundabouts.
Within months, he had caught the attention of the media. When the council finally cottoned on to what he was doing, it was too embarrassed to ask him to stop, and sanctioned the activity as a form of community gardening.
Como talvez já se tenha notado, fascinam-me estas iniciativas de cidadãos a favor do bem-estar da comunidade. Como a campanha dos abraços grátis, acho fantástica esta Guerrilla Gardening, e apetecia-me fazer parte disto.
Um caveat: Reynolds avisa que só resulta em locais em que alguém esteja disposto a tomar conta do canteiro ou jardim, de contrário este transforma-se em matagal e é pior a emenda que o soneto.