Richard Reynolds delivers a lecture on what he believes to be his fast-expanding craft –“guerrilla gardening”.
Reynolds gardens wherever he finds himself: he started by creating a garden in neglected beds outside the block of flats where he lives. He planted a bed of lavender on a traffic island and put sunflowers outside the Houses of Parliament. Any public space that has been undecorated by civic authorities and public alike – and he believes can be turned into something more attractive and humanising for all.
Reynolds claims he springs from a long line of radicals – he cites seventeenth century Digger Gerrard Winstanley as a forebear. But of course, guerrilla gardeners often act without the permission of the public owners of the land.
So what is the ethical case for guerrilla gardening? Richard Reynolds is questioned by Bidisha and an audience on its legality and effectiveness, in an event recorded at Radio 3's Free Thinking 08 Festival.
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