Thursday, November 20, 2008

Guerillas in our midst

There has been a bit of a buzz in the media recently about guerilla gardening. Its a great idea. I'd mainly heard about it in relation to people using grass verges to grow veggies. However yesterday the grubby square at the end of our block got a more commercial guerilla garden make-over. Initially I thought it was local council finally returfing the area, but then I notice the uniformly good looking young people doing the digging and the presence of tv cameras. It turns out that Channel 10 has commissioned a guerilla gardening show. The producer was saying that they've done sites at Bankstown and Ashfield and Killara, and that the only one that had been vandalised, and revandalised after they had fixed it up, was the site at Killara. (For those overseas, Killara is an affluent suburb on the North Shore of the harbour. The other two suburbs are in western Sydney and are much more multicultural and working class.) Anyway, they did an excellent job, as you can see from the snap. They put up the bandstand structure, turfed the site and put in lots of other plants (which may be recycled by some less scrupulous locals as Christmas presents).


There has also been a little outbreak of guerilla knitting in Newtown too. I've walked past this pole for about two weeks now, meaning to take a photo of it. I found another one yesterday, but when I went looking for it today I couldnt find it. Who knew about these guerillas in our midst!

4 comments:

Rose Red said...

That is really quite cool (both the gardening and the knitting!). Now that pink palace looks very familiar - I wonder if I can remember where it is!!

Nellie said...

Its outside Samadhi Bliss Yoga on Lennox St, Rose Red.

Madge said...

Very cool. I love urban reclamation, esp. community gardens/green spaces. (I had a friend in San Francisco who reclaimed his small apartment house yard which abutted to the back of a transient hotel. At first, people kept throwing their used needles and condoms there, but as the plants grew and the flowers bloomed, the people grew respectful of it. People would ask him what he was growing throughout the year, and a woman told him it was the only beauty she had in her life. Sad and yet hope inspiring.) And of course the knit tagging is awesome! Yay for the good kind of guerillas!

grrl+dog said...

There are three sites so far.. the play pole, the samahdi yoga pole, and the campos pole in Missenden Rd. Had to do one in their colors.