Guerrilla Gardening

 

What's gardening got to do with the climate emergency? Well, everything. We are on a planet that grows people so looking after our local patch has multiple benefits.

 

Guerrilla gardening is the act of cultivating plants in a public place, usually in a spot that is not otherwise being cared for, often with the aim of improving the surroundings and protecting the environment. It has a range of benefits from improving biodiversity to helping to keep temperatures low.

 

Water retention. As our cities and urban areas are starting to suffer from excess heat, droughts, and flash flooding. Plants and healthy soils offer a natural way to help water retention, help cool our air and living in greener neighbourhoods improves mental health and life spans.

 

You don't need a big space; you can start with tree pits - the area around the bottom of street trees. Choose resilient plants that attract bees and other pollinators. Tarmac and paving stones capture heat. Replacing paving stones with plants will help cool the area.

 

How to start? Quite easy. Find a bit of unloved neglected area of public space that is unused. Make sure it's not private property or protected like National Trust property.

 

Do you need permission? Well plant first and ask for forgiveness. You are having a positive gain on your local area.

 

Food forest. Get creative and start planting seeds of edible trees and plants. So, if we run out of food in the future you know where to go food hunting.

 

Incredible Edible has launched a campaign to change the rules and give people the right to grow food on suitable public sector land – "Community Right to Grow Bill". It's also a vast source of information on seeds and how to get started growing food:

 

https://www.incredibleedible.org.uk/

 

 

 

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