Guerrilla Gardening or a Garden Bridge?

7 Jun 2016

Richard Reynolds is a guerrilla gardener who for years has been taking the horticultural improvement of London’s neglected open spaces into his own hands with illicit cultivation.

The work he does with other like-minded people is entirely about community, celebrating the existing spaces and improving the everyday streets for better greening, improved walkability and a more exciting urban environment. Have a look at his website, or follow him on Twitter, to see the kind of simple ways city streets can be vastly improved with very little money, but a lot of love, intelligence and care.

The Garden Bridge is entirely the opposite. It’s about partitioning off a part of London which Boris Johnson said was a “space that nobody thought you could exploit” for private gain, about destroying existing planting, trees and a park for yet another soulless commercial unit nobody has any need for and about systematically taking the city away from the local community.

Richard has been a vocal opponent of the Garden Bridge since its inception and here are a few short films especially commissioned by TCOS and made by Halloumi Films to help him get across just some of his issues with the project.

“There are some ways of building green spaces which are better than others”

“This isn’t a garden bridge, it’s a concrete megastructure”

“Each Garden Bridge tree costs £636,000!”

 


 

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