Guerrilla Gardening

Consists of the illicit cultivation, it is a war against neglect and scarcity of public space as a place to grow things, be they beautiful, tasty (or both!)
Guerrilla Gardening.org set up a blog in 2004 to record their activities on their illegal planting and allows access for others to join their ‘community’ online for others to share their success with their own Guerrilla gardening. The group sets up certain days in which may people participate such as ‘International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day’ and the effects and support is growing with around 2,651 people committing to planting Sunflowers for this event.
Guerrilla Gardening is another inspiration for the final piece as it is all about natural surroundings with urban sites. This interests me as it aims to reconnect people/communities with nature, bringing back the presence of nature within the stone of the cities. For our final project we are looking at bringing communities together with a through line of natural influences. From Guerrilla gardening I have found that using plants/trees as inspiration for community togetherness allows people to reconnect with their living space, their cities, their homes whilst at the same time connecting back to the roots of the earth through natural resources such as plants or trees. Richard from Guerrilla Gardening states on the website “let’s fight the filth with forks and flowers” (http://www.guerrillagardening.org/index.html) using this collective phrase informs people that this could be done by them for their community to, something which I would hope could translate within our final piece.

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