The Londonist checks in with Richard Reynolds, the man credited with planting the seeds for the guerrilla gardening movement, during a recent tour of some of his handiwork that had been arranged by the Museum of London. This last fact speaking volumes about the current state of a movement that though once clandestine, has emerged into the light of day. While this isn’t a sign that guerilla gardening has gone mainstream, it does point to how far the movement has come in it’s five years, particularly in the eyes of local government and law enforcement officials. Both sides appear to be warming to the idea of working together when necessary (albeit still somewhat contentiously), given the beneficial, often beautiful, results.
Anonymity is the first instinct of the guerrilla gardener. It’s later on that matters get complicated. Official recognition can mean protection; it can also mean interference and a loss of identity. Knowing which path to take and when is one of the challenges now facing the gardeners.
Despite this truce, Reynolds points to the necessity of guerilla gardening to adhere to its roots, noting its effectiveness to cut through bureaucracy and start putting neglected land, that in some cases, “nobody knows who owns,” to good use.
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