Guerrilla gardening

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I have a challenge for you. Go out into the suburban and urban areas close to you, and look around. What do you see? Roads? Concrete? High-rises? Not much plant life, I’m guessing. Urbanisation is one of the main threats to bee populations today as natural environments are destroyed to make way for new developments. More often than not, the plant life destroyed is never replaced, which limits the food supply available to bees.

This is where guerrilla gardening comes in. But what on earth is it? Guerrilla gardening is the act of gardening on land that gardeners do not have the legal right to work on, such as abandoned or neglected sites, council owned property and private property. It is usually done in the form of a protest or direct action to provoke change. When I walked around the area I live in, I noticed areas of land, like this planter box at my local train station (see below image), that were neglected and which could easily be re-vamped with different flowering plants that bees love.

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It’s not always easy to get your local councils permission to take action, which is why it is sometimes best to take matters into your own hands. So take a stand against the man today! Go out into your neighbourhood and start planting a variety of flowering plants that bees can feed from. This will not only help the bees, but will make bleak urban environments look more colourful and interesting.

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3 thoughts on “Guerrilla gardening

  1. Great concept. Guerrilla gardening is something that has always interested me, however I just felt that there wasn’t a point. But now I am going to as bees are so important. Thanks Bee Kind Australia!

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  2. Reblogged this on Connect To Your Community Garden and commented:
    Even though this campaign is about sharing and connecting people to community gardens, I had a read of this blog post by Bee Kind Australia and absolutely LOVE the challenge they have proposed for all you prospective gardeners to do!!

    Even if you and a few friends got together and made a change in the Eastern Suburbs, like a few members of the Marrickville Council community have done, this would make it more apparent to the councils of the Eastern Suburbs that we ARE serious about bridging the gap between the nature and culture divide!!

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    • Thanks for sharing our post! I’m all for community gardens and for planting a larger variety of flowering plants in our urban and suburban environments. It benefits the community, the environment and the bees!

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