Bring nature back into the city

Voor mij bestaat er geen utopia zonder een belangrijke rol voor de natuur. Deze acties zijn een kleine stap om de natuur terug te brengen in onze
betonnen wereld. Ipv op zoek te gaan, kan je je utopia ook naar jou brengen, het dichtbij creëren, vinden.
(Dit is iets dat ook in mijn persoonlijk werk zit)

In big cities around the world a new kind of urban guerrilla is spreading, but one that doesn’t carry rifles and pistols -this guerilla is planting flowers.

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Movement that has spread to London, Paris and Los Angeles is called “guerrillagardening” as a new kind of urban graffiti and the fight for environment protection. “Guerrilla gardeners” are civic activists who transformed the urban landscape by planting flowers in public, abandoned spaces without permission. We could call them graffiti with sunflowers and petunias. It is likely that they chose the term guerrilla, because they appear and disappear in a short period of time.

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“We choose a place and we come without permission. We do what we have to do and we disappear, ” says Theresa Blaner and her partner Dog, who tried to rescue the forgotten part of his Washington neighborhood by planting flowers.

They have their own blogs where they write about their gardening graffiti – often made secretly and under cover of night. They often use the Internet to advertise where the next “action” will take place.

In guerrilla gardening it’s important to use plants that do not require great care and they should be planted there where the green area isn’t maintained , where normally something nice wouldn’t occur.

“Guerrilla gardeners” often choose prominent location to make the message about protecting the environment – an abandoned manhole or kiosk. But Teresa says that guerrilla prefers to create urban gardens that people – and municipal workers – later wont be able to destroy.

Now these places might not look particularly attractive. But when spring comes, instead of old concrete, there will be shrubs and flowers. Although guerrilla probably violated city regulations, they do not expect to have troubles with the police.

“We are their smallest concerns. Saturday night in the city? I am sure that police has far more important work to do than to deal with the gardeners who planted the plants in the dark”, says Theresa Blaner.

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International Tulip Guerrilla Gardening Day 9/10/10 – London, Blackfriars Road
Photo: Marco Pavan

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International Tulip Guerrilla Gardening Day 9/10/10 – London, Borough Road
Photo: Marco Pavan

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International Tulip Guerrilla Gardening Day 9/10/10 – London, en route
Photo: Marco Pavan

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Sunflowers, Denmark Hill London SE5 11/9/104

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International Tulip Guerrilla Gardening Day 9/10/10 – London, Elephant & Castle
Photo: Marco Pavan

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Me and the sunflowers: Richard Reynolds

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Our tree pit outside Lambeth North tube. 14/7/10

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The London Lavender Field in spring mode, cabbages all gone to seed beautifully with their yellow flowers

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After a successful session, planting courgette, lavender, hibiscus and tomato!

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St George’s Day, planting the pavement tree pit on Borough Road

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Lyla pimping a pavement on Borough Road

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Patrick at The Sunflower Triangle… note our mature crocusmia, bolted cabbages and pieris. Guerrilla gardened since 2007.

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Near the Heygate Estate, London, SE1

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Even though the pansy is a martyr for our message it still needs a good soaking with tap water from an old water bottle.

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  1. Love this! Especially love the flower bed on the train tracks!

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