Guerilla gardening – What is it?

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For many people the term “guerilla gardening” will leave them with a vacant look, unsure of its meaning. For others it is an innovative trend of making use of and improving patches of public spaces and derelict land which has been neglected or abandoned, although they have no legal right to do so.

Typically guerilla gardeners will utilise the land to grow all manner of plants and food related crops, with the aim of using the available space to its maximum capability.


For some, guerilla gardening is seen as a politically motivated act, whose aim is to promote the act of reconsideration of land ownership and usage.

Its initial use of the term, was believed to be by Liz Christy, from the Green Geurilla group, from around 1973, however Gerrard Winstanley and John Chapman were considered to be active guerilla gardeners, much earlier.

Active around many parts of the world, the fact is that this form of gardening has been documented in over 30 countries.

In the UK, there are examples of numerous guerilla gardening ventures, some of which are documented on the internet in the form of blogs. One such example is A blog by Richard Reynolds created in October 2004. Initially his aim as he states was to improve his neighborhood, which was located in a council block called Perronet House, within an area of London called “Elephant and Castle”.

Although the blog started as a record of his solo exploits, it has since gained a loyal following across the world and spawned numerous guerilla gardening ventures around the globe.

Another example and one which seems to have taken the whole concept of guerrilla gardening to a whole new level is the Kew Bridge Eco Village, in London. Located on derelict land close to Kew gardens, land activists in 2009, moved onto the land and created a community who utilised the land to grow vegetables for their own sustenance.

A similar picture is seen across the world, with communities of guerrilla gardeners, making use of abandoned land to improve or beautify local area’s that were once dilapidated and run down.


With so much available land being underutilised in so many areas, perhaps this is a growing trend in which these people create and maintain communal area’s for the benefit of all.

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