guerrilla gardening

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Have you ever walked down the street and felt sad for all the unwanted spaces that are just left vandalized and filled with rubbish? Did you wish that somebody would do something about it? well you know as well as I do that it’s never going to happen so why not take control and do something about it yourself?

Guerrilla gardening is political gardening, a form of nonviolent direct action, primarily practiced by environmentalists. Activists take over an abandoned piece of land which they don’t own to grow crops or plants. The practices are non- violent, unlike guerrilla warfare that can cause bloodshed. Guerrilla gardeners believe in reclaiming land from perceived neglect or misuse and assigning a new purpose for it.

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Guerrilla gardeners will sometimes carry out their actions late at night geared up with gardening gloves, watering cans, compost, seeds and plants. They plant and sow a new vegetable patch or flowering garden. Others will work more openly, actively seeking to engage with members of the local community, as illustrated in the examples that follow.

Firstly you need to identify a piece of unwanted ground, perhaps an old allotment or even a planter in the precinct. Think about how much better you would feel with it filled with plants and looking like it was cared for. Even if you just scatter some seed here and there you are taking control of your environment, which you have every right to do. You don’t need to dig up a roudabout, even a few bulbs under a road sign make a difference.

Perhaps get together with a group of friends, I’ll bet that there are more people than you think out there who care about there environment. There is a community where you can advertise your planned attack, here

Many people are already out there doing it, however many of then choose a more decorative approach to their plans and don’t always choose suitable plants for the environment they are plated in. I want to encourage the use of edible plants, perennials and fruiting trees, and use permaculture principals to cheer up unwanted spaces but also make them productive.

If there is anybody who feels like lending a helping hand get in touch.


11 thoughts on “guerrilla gardening

  1. Hi,

    I see your a committed eco-warrior, always looking for some way to protect the environment, encourage recycling and reduction in air pollutants. And, that’s all well and good and thanks for caring, and acting on that sentiment.

    I might caution you about buying into what is only the latest enviro-doom end of the world scenario put forth by people who don’t give a damn about the earth, you or me.

    I can see where morphing those things you advocate, and the normal extension to heighten and broaden your efforts, by putting a cataclysmic face on it, and where you might feel really good about yourself for helping with the salvation of humanity.

    I don’t know you, but trust that nothing is lost if you review just who’s behind death by fire now, when death by freezing was the problem 35 years ago.


  2. dibnah says:

    putting a cataclysmic face on it? I don’t really see your point.

    enviro-doom? I guess that you are one of those people who don’t believe something untill you see it, thats a shame.

    I don’t buy into anything, unless I’ve made an effort to learn all about it first, let me assure you that what I do is not a new thing for me I’ve been acting this way for about 10 years now.

    How do you see stepping lightly on the planet, making a better environment for myself and others and reducing carbon emissions as buying into enviro-doom? whatever that is?

    Perhaps you want to take another stab at your point.

  3. Greentwinsmummy says:

    eh?? I just commented on this but its ended uo on the bit underneath??whats going on lol!!!!

  4. Greentwinsmummy says:

    hmmm?? it ended up in the Feb Organic Veg bit????

    ah well here tis here
    Thanks for the link Dibnah I have never heard of these guys & think its superb :O) blimey need a few in this neck of the woods thats for sure,oh no hang on Bournemouth Council took nearly £1300 off us last year in tax which includes keeping the streets & roundabouts clean & planted & HANG ON I’VE BEEN ROBBED! call in the Guerrila Gardeners!

  5. Ian Bolton says:

    I wonder why ‘icanplainlysee’ seems to think being eco -friendly is just another big government scam? There are always stupid conspiracy theories kicking about, but surely we are all intelligent enough to know what’s right and whats wrong.
    The world is taking a bit of a beating at the moment,and the attitude of “it’s not effecting me so it’s not important” is just the usual thoughtless, lazy attitude this spoilt over opinionated country seems to be adopting just lately.
    Anyway, I like guerrilla gardeners.

  6. dibnah says:

    Ian, I fear he’s from across the pond.

    There was a programme on Radio4 yesterday about why so many people are anti-American. I’m not saying anything.

  7. chicaju says:


    how are you doing, boy?
    My name is julie, I talk from Brazil, and I really loved this gardening guerilla thing! =)
    specially when fruit trees are involved, we have so many delicious fruits here, and fruits being a present from nature as they are, people should be able to take them freely and not pay lots of money for fruits that were taken out of the time from their trees, and traveled long distances and all…

    I think i’ll be organizing myself to join the guerrilla gardening over here in my neighbourhood, I’ll let you know! =)

    Really liked it! Keep up the work! Congratulations!


  8. dibnah says:

    Thanks for the kind words julie.

    People also need the education to find what is already there, in nature, free for the taking. We have lost so much knowledge about our natural environment.

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  10. Sarah says:

    I love this idea. My morning walk will take on a new meaning tomorrow. I once heard a lovely story about an author that used to spend a lot of his time walking in contemplation and as he did so he would gently scatter seeds out of his pocket along the route so every year his walk became a more beautiful experience.

  11. Jose says:

    is there a guerrilla gardening here in bournemouth – UK???
    can i join ????

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