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Fwd: Guerrilla Gardening News: 3 July 2006

  • Subject: [cg] Fwd: Guerrilla Gardening News: 3 July 2006
  • From: adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Mon, 03 Jul 2006 14:35:16 -0400


From the front - English Guerilla Gardeners strike again! Subversive Urban
beautification projects under cover of darkness.

Adam Honigman
Ancient Green Guerilla, NYC

-----Original Message-----
From: Richard Reynolds <richard@guerrillagardening.org>
To: troops@guerrillagardening.org
Sent: Mon, 3 Jul 2006 18:57:06 +0100
Subject: Guerrilla Gardening News: 3 July 2006

Hello troops, Lizzie (002), Sharon (1473) and everyone in between,

It is blooming hot in London at the moment. The cruel-to-be-kind policy of
watering plants (hardly ever) seems to be working, as the lavender is going
crazy and even the new Christmas tree is sending out lush new green needles.
They are all finding water somewhere.

In this issue of Guerrilla Gardening newsb&
- BBQ "1000"

Several stories of guerrilla gardening have been received from around the
world, some are now on the website in the Troop Digs section. Andy (287) has
decorated his street with wooden planters in Peckham (London), Alice (122)
spotted a report of guerrillas in Basel (Switzerland) planting Forsythia and
Violas, Buster (1266) has planted pansies next to his snack van in Singleton,
(UK) and Aggie (1116) has been tidying up the weedy corners of Primrose Hill
(London). Webre currently about half way to the 100 acts by 1 September
targetb& not bad, but therebs so much more to do.

In London, webve been on countless, Maintenance Missions over the last
couple of months. Some solo, some together. A guerrilla gardening skirmish is
sometimes just a battle with weeds and litter, but thatbs more fun than it
sounds when youbre kneeling in a bed of lavender on a warm summerbs
evening, and the litter is a thin and crusty as a giant poppadom (if not so
tasty). You can always find a stray carrier bag amongst the litter to scoop
the rest up into when passing by your plot, itbs really not unlike picking
up poop after walking the dog.

Webve been back to Amwell Street in Angel, North London, where the residents
of Charles Allen House had been tending my previous sweet pea planting. They
showered our surprise visit with choc ices and coins. I saved a Christmas tree
from a Pattibs (1253) back garden in Acton, which is now flourishing at
Project 5 in Southwark and we have a community garden for the disabled in
Hackney in our sights, an invitation but not a date.

Most recently we ventured into a leafier part of London to tidy up two small
planters at the base of trees. In the shadow of Knightsbridgebs Brompton
Oratory we topped up the barren brick boxes with new top-soil and planted a
few Hebe and Salvia. Itbs astonishing how even the swish parts of town have
neglected fringes!

First an apology. From Mexico to Manchester, lots of you want to meet
like-minded guerrillas in your area, and many are expecting your troops cards
and seeds. The slow progress is largely down to IT short-comings, virtually
everything is manual at the moment, and Ibm better at using a trowel than
HTML or javascript. Ibve been promising whizzy new features on the website
that will enable wannabe guerrillas to find people in their area to help and
have held back on these updates with the hope of announcing good newsb& but
itbs now set back. I have a volunteer but they are still very busy. If there
are other snappy database builders out there please come forward to help us
out, and Ibll give you more info.

Guerrillas around the world are now being followed by cameras and note pads,
using the powe of propaganda to sow seeds of revolution. Cells in Switzerland
and Belgium have been in the press. Here in London Britabs wild flower
meadow at the Hogarth roundabout was in the press a couple of weeks ago after
it was sadly prematurely mown flat by Transport for London - despite notices
suggesting they held off. It is frustrating when rare bofficialb gardening
activity is so misguided. The Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor,
Independent on Sunday, Amateur Gardening and Big Issue have all covered
activity of guerrillagardening.org in the last few weeks.

Do you live in Plymouth, (Devon not Massachusetts)? Itbs a big grey city,
bombed to bits in WWII and slowly regenerating after the decline of the naval
base. Ibm doing a dig with my mum and a few of her friends this Friday
(7thJuly) evening. If you are local (Stoke Village area) and want to join in
please contact me for more details. Here in London, the merry cell is up to
bits and pieces every couple of weeks or so. Ibll spread the word wider when
a big one is coming up.

We talked of a first Guerrilla Gardening BBQ to celebrate 1000 troops. Well
webre heading for 2000 enlisted now (some active, some just interested). To
make it happen we just someone in London (or near by) to provide or suggest a
venue. Cooks and catering are all lined up. Offers please to

I met the police again. This time it wasnbt theft they were concerned with,
but car bombing. I had borrowed Joe (004) and Clarabs (005) dear old tatty
Volkswagen to transport bags of wood chippings, and the police thought they
were bags of explosive fertilizer. I was pulled over, and the car diligently
searched for terrorist equipment. None were found and I was able to continue
my gardening terrorism uninterrupted.

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