Pimp Our Pavements

Pimp Your Pavement is a new initiative by the Guerrilla Gardener Richard Reynolds. Designed to encourage people to greenify their streets, it invites Londoners to submit their best examples of guerrilla gardening to a map of the capital.

We learned about the site when Richard - a sometime visitor to Brockley - tweeted about a bit of planting of ours he'd spotted. He's mapped it here, although technically, it's on Geoffrey Road, rather than Cranfield.

When this tree was planted, we passed by in the early evening with two packets of seeds and a bottle of water and spent precisely 45 seconds scooching the seeds in to the soil and watering them. A couple of months later, here they are. We plan to do a few more around Brockley Cross.

The cost of doing this was about two quid and we're delighted with the results - the sweet pea has grown a lot taller than we imagined and the small flowers (the name of which we have forgotten) smell great in the evening.

If you're into pavement pimping, please add your work to the site and / or email us your best examples and we will post them on BC.

13 comments:

mp said...

to me that looks just like random weed

Brockley Nick said...

They're sweet peas and have grown about a foot since this pic was taken and have produced lots of pretty flowers. But please, have a go yourself and send photos in. Greenify.

S.Dog said...

Legal crops only please!

Anonymous said...

Have a look at the corner of Tressillian and HF - some lovely plants.

If doing it, be sure to make it a formal enough plant that your great and noble endeavours cannot be confused with weeds.

Aricana said...

Love the Pimp Your Pavement website. I've been a wannabe guerrilla gardner for far too long. Must now put my plan into action.

Ian on the Hill said...

I'd done some on the new beds opposite the Barge. The sunflowers were just getting established. But someone else came to do a better job and dug them out and replanted!

Truthfully the mixed seed box I'd used had not produced good results.

Anonymous said...

The other flowers in the pic are night scented stocks - great for bats! x

Anonymous said...

That's awesome! I'm going to start doing that in my street.

Anonymous said...

P.s. the more you pick the sweet peas, the more flowers they'll have, so enjoy some free-range cut flowers :)

headhunter said...

I've walked past that spot a few times and wondered who planned those plants, I was sure they hadn't self seeded...well done!

Anonymous said...

Ian, that is really funny in a way. Your public spirited efforts were not enough for a real gardener.

Do not give up. Keep planting. Anything is an improvement...

Robert Sheppard said...

I planted some daisies and other stuff around the street tree outside my house in Algernon Road. The Council came along the whole street 'tidying up' the areas round the street trees and pulled out what I'd put in. Hmmmm.

Moira said...

Her's another example of the Council tidying up.
http://deptforddame.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/guerrilla-garden-comes-into-bloom.html

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