Guerrilla GardeningCollaborative Unit
Guerrilla gardening is a battle for resources, a battle for resources, a battle against scarcity of land, environmental abuse and wasted opportunities.It is also a fight for freedom of expression and for community cohesion. It is a battle in which bullets are replaced with flowers.
The word guerrilla means ‘little war’, which is informal combatants make sporadic attacks rather than fighting in great blocks of traditional forces. From the history of Chinese guerrilla, a guerrilla can be assembled by army or farmer, so I think guerrilla gardeners can be some people no matter you have a professional garden skill or not. And it is funny to imagine this scene, when gardeners plant in a public space without permission, they need to retreat while policemen come, then keep planting after policemen go. lol.
Initially, I think guerrilla gardening is for plant on an empty, ruined, or neglected public space in order to beautify the environment we live and share the enjoyment maybe with nearby people. But from the book On Guerrilla Gardening by Richard Reynolds, he describes there are two groups in this tribe, ‘ornamental gardens’ and ‘useful gardens’. He takes the idea from guerrilla to explain cultivate food in public space is acceptable as well. “One reason for cultivating someone else’s land without their permission is hunger. At its most urgent, guerrilla gardening is about people fighting for the right to have dinner on their plate.” I think this aim depends on era and place. At least, in London, it is hard to find people will cultivate because of hunger. Therefore, I think the point of guerrilla gardening is sharing what we cultivate in public space.