On Guerrilla Gardening
This book written by Richard Reynolds and gives an image of how GUERRILLA GARDENING is done in an urban landscape. It was basically originated in London when a group of renegade gardeners would roam the streets of London at night to make a piece of misused land in a more beautiful garden .This group was hell bent on making any piece of land look good. There is an example of a prisoner named sadiq held in Guantanamo Bay who also practiced the gardening. He would use a spoon to dig the floor of his cell and make it worth cultivating pepper or watermelon of which he would save the seeds from his meal. Guerrilla Gardening mostly came from government's failure to provide better facilities for the people.
Another example of a Guerrilla gardener was that of Lyla's who illegally planted maize on a section which was meant for road expansion .Although planting on another's property may appear illegal on paper, what of moral bankruptcy that allows a section to be a rubbish tip when children in the same locality reduce to playing on the road.
The author reminds us of the importance of public spaces and parks. During load shedding some people prefer to stay home as they either have a UPS or a generator whereas some would go out and enjoy the cool shade of a tree and have a chat with his/her neighbor as they do not have either a UPS or a generator. The main thing to see from Guerrilla gardening is that there is not enough land and one should make good use of the land available.
The bold and the brave should be encouraged into making our cities into utopias they should be someone would like to plant a tree during the night so he/she could bear another summer under its Shade during the long load shedding hours.