There's a growing need for urban gardens. Yet the future of the allotment is uncertain due to urban growth. It's time for a different approach! Confiscate an undeveloped piece of land and start planting!

Guerrilla leader Richard Reynolds

Guerrilla gardening originally means 'the illicit cultivation of someone else's land.' According to Richard Reynolds it does not only compensate for urbanization but it also teaches city dwellers the value of healthy food and offers them an opportunity to enjoy country life. The founder of guerrilla gardening thinks it is a terrible waste to leave valuable land unutilized. He fights against urbanization and concrete and draws a direct connection between guerrilla gardeners all over the world who need guerrilla gardening to survive.

Green on the move

Annechien Meier puts mobile allotments in public places all over the world. Last summer she left for Germany with two tractors filled with greenery. Before that, she set up guerrilla gardens in Havana and The Hague. Now she is in Hungary. “I join forces with the locals to make sure that empty spaces change into relaxing green areas where people can enjoy gardening together.”

The Meantime Garden

As a result of the demolition of the Rotterdam Gaffelstraat numbers 70 through 88, an open space was created between streets and existing houses for a period of two years. Locals created The Meantime Garden. Last summer the garden was officially opened as a multifunctional garden, where people can enjoy the view, relax for a while, and enjoy their music and other hobbies. A garden with flower beds and vegetable gardens surrounded by hedges. The entire area is worked, planted and maintained by the locals themselves.

Demolition district becomes community park

When a part of Eindhoven where public space designer Vincent Wittenberg lives was demolished, he asked himself how he could integrate the derelict land into the neighbourhood. “The community really wanted to do something and because all the front gardens had fences, I enlarged these. I took this idea to the project developer. Now the appearance of the space in Woensel-West is different and it will get a chance to become something other than a construction area. Behind the fence there is the largest garden of the neighbourhood: two Turkish ladies own a tea garden, there are allotments and there is a play area for the children.”

Edible park

British artist Nils Norman is the inventor of the Edible Park. This project in the city district Escamp in The Hague consists of two gardens: a sustainable pavilion and an activity garden. Together with the organization G’Aarde Gezonde Gronden Norman is testing what permaculture - bringing food production back to the city - can mean for The Hague. Visitors can get information in the pavilion and lend a hand with gardening themselves.

Green free state

With an ecological garden free state SWOMP wants to show that people can live off vegetables grown on a small local scale as is done in transition towns. In addition to this, SWOMP shows solidarity with guerrilla gardeners all over the world who depend on guerrilla gardening for their daily food supply. Visitors can work in the Amsterdam garden or enjoy home grown lettuce and vegetables. Lounging, climbing workshops and garden tours are available.

Guerrilla leader Richard Reynolds

Green on the move

The Meantime Garden

Demolition district becomes community park

Edible park

Green free state