Guerrilla Gardener Richard Reynolds hosts walking tour of his Guerrilla Gardens

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Life & Soul Magazine

Guerrilla Gardener Richard Reynolds has been transforming neglected public spaces, albeit illicitly, around London’s Elephant and Castle into abundant green spaces for the last 13 years.

The gardener plants his beds at night. His guerrilla campaign has seen around 20 spaces reforested, from playgrounds to traffic islands since he first started out. He also spends some of his time simply watering tree pits.

The guerrilla gardening activities came about when Richard Reynolds moved to the SE1 area 13 years ago. He moved into a flat in a high rise block which overlooks the busy Elephant and Castle roundabout in South London. The flat, which he continues to reside in now with his young family, has no garden nor balcony.

Richard Reynolds quickly realised there were several unused public spaces in the area that could easily be turned into green spaces for the local community to enjoy.

The guerrilla gardener’s intentions are to serve…

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