Guerrilla gardener says councils should stop funding planting

Green activist and author Richard Reynolds believes it is wrong taxpayers are being forced to pay for planting in their streets.

The self titled guerrilla gardener says people should just 'get out there' and look after the land around their homes themselves.

He was talking as launched his new initiative Pimp Your Pavement by making over newly planted tree pits on Great Dover Street, London earlier this week.

Local residents asked Mr Reynolds to pimp the earth in the tree pits for them, and after seeking permission from Southwark council he agreed.

He said: "I heard from one that to water a small bed in the middle of the road cost him £600, so he just didn't do it.

"And then the plants died and then they put them in again, it's ridiculous and it's not sustainable.

"Much simpler you just look after the little patch outside where you live ... this would cost us a few pounds rather than the hundreds we're still paying for but ultimately through our taxes.

"That's just wrong."

Mr Reynolds planted a mix of easy-to-care for perennials, herbs and bee-friendly plants such as lavender, forget-me-nots and wallflowers, which hopes will bring seasonal colour and fragrance to the busy street.

Luke Walsh


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