Author(s): Richard Reynolds
When Richard Reynolds began planting flowers secretly at night outside his tower block in South London, he had no idea that he was part of a growing global movement committed to combating the forces of neglect, land shortage and apathy towards public spaces. But before long, his blog had attracted other guerrillas from around the world to share their experiences of the horticultural frontline, and is now a focal point for guerrilla gardeners everywhere, with over 4,000 people enlisted as recruits. "On Guerrilla Gardening" is Reynolds' lively, colourful treatise on why people illicitly cultivate land and how to do it yourself. From discreetly beautifying corners of Montreal to striving for green communal space in Berlin and sustainable food production in San Francisco, from Christmas trees on London roundabouts to the political agitations of landless workers in Brazil, Reynolds charts a battle that people worldwide are fighting on many different fronts.Along the way he unearths the movement's notable historic advances by seventeenth-century English radicals, a nineteenth-century American entrepreneur and public-spirited artists in 1970s New York.
An irresistible gardening manual that is both gleefully mischievous and genuinely political A unique, quirky package inspired by the Little Red Book and the work of Banksy with a touch of Boring PostcardsRichard has recruited over 2,000 troops, and his website www.guerrillagardening.org attracts 10,000 unique visitors a monthHe has already had huge amounts of media attention through, among others, Richard and Judy, BBC Breakfast, This Morning, the Sunday Telegraph, the Mail on Sunday, BBC Radio 4 and News 24
Richard Reynolds' first illegal cultivation was at college, where he planted windowsills with boxes of Busy Lizzies. He became a guerrilla gardener in earnest in 2004 when he moved into a council block with dilapidated communal flowerbeds in London's Elephant & Castle.