WHAT IS GUERRILLA GARDENING?
Guerrilla gardening is planting in a public place, with purpose.
Whether that purpose is biodiversity, community self-sufficiency, cleaner air, mental health or something else, guerrilla gardening is a grassroots movement that brings people power and flower power together.
Guerrilla gardeners transform bare, lifeless patches of public land into vibrant pockets of plant life everyone in the community can benefit from. That can mean planting bright flowers in a street tree bed, building a parklet in a parking space, or turning an abandoned lot into a community allotment.
The idea has been around since the '70s, but Dream Green is sparking a new generation of guerrilla gardeners. Whatever your green dream, it starts here.
In the UK, more than 4 out of 5 of us live in urban areas – places more grey than green. 1 in 5 (some 11 million people) are living in the nation's most nature deprived neighbourhoods. This lack of greenery seriously damages mental and physical health.
As well as harming human wellbeing, the greyification of our nation has disastrous consequences for the environment and biodiversity.
So, for both people and planet, we need to stop seeing ‘urban’ and ‘nature’ as opposites, and start making plant life a more abundant part of the urban experience.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Dream (v.) To imagine up an ambitious vision.
Green (v.) To transform a grey area into a green, leafy place.
Dream Green is a social enterprise that educates and equips everyday radicals to become guerrilla gardeners.
Our vision is of cities more green than grey, in which everyone receives nature's benefits, and neighbourhoods are designed for and by the communities who call them home.
Based in East London, Dream Green was founded by guerrilla gardener and environmental activist Ellen Miles.