Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Guerrilla Gardening.

When I first set up this blog I had wanted it to be about cooking, creating and growing stuff but as the Underground Restaurant has taken off it became more about cooking and creating than growing. I loved going out to my allotment, however recently I have been a little lax. But a lady in Cyprus has really inspired me to do a bit of guerrilla gardening.

Guerrilla gardening is all the rage in London and it’s usually done on abandoned or neglected public land; to be honest it’s a bit like squatting but by gardening on waist land.

As you can see from the pictures she has taken on a mammoth expanse of waist land around the children’s Play Park converting it from dangerous waist land to an oasis full of beautiful reclaimed plants and fruit trees.

                This is what the land would have looked like before the guerrilla make over
This section is beautifully landscaped cactus cops with interweaving path ways for visitors to explore. I’m sure most locals will not be as excited as I was by the amazing flowers and shapes of the cactus (a little like I’m totally underwhelmed by the beauty of bind weed). I also love the way the she has reused massive boulders originally on the sight and tires to contain the cactus so people can interact with the plans and landscape.

The company who built this estate have to by law install a play area for the kids. This seems like a great concept but…. You can see the company that built this new estate 5 or 6 years ago really could not be fussed to do a good job! Sad really.
An immense herb garden

Fruit section
I hope you like these pictures. keep your eye out for my next pop up which will be held on the 3rd of Dec it is a birthday pop up (one year of Nottingham Underground) I will be celabrating with a Greek Meze inspired celebration.

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