I'm the 'Guerrilla Gardener' who started planting around the four trees at the intersection of Fordwych Road and St Cuthbert's Road. It's been an interesting experience in terms of neighbourhood community-building. Similar to having a cute pet or child, 'strangers' who are really our neighbours, would stop and chat pleasantly about the planting when normally we'd just remain invisible to each other. It's nice to see people slowing down a little on our busy street to enjoy a bit of green space and get us back in touch with the earth and the seasons - something our addiction to our mobiles and i-pads as we trod the pavement has tended to crowd out of our lives. Many people said it's more enjoyable to see flowers and plants than it is to see the all-too-often collection of fly-tipping, household trash, and dog waste that tree pits seem to collect along Fordwych Road. So there may be an added benefit of clean up as well as green up.
Whilst it may be new to Fordwych Road, neighbourhoods all over London are busy reclaiming public spaces for a bit of gardening to sooth the soul and spruce up communities. As Pimp Your Pavement says on its website: (It's) "a campaign to plant life in your street. It’s about turning the public realm into a borderless community garden, getting people spilling out of their private space and being creative there. Growing beauty, growing produce, helping nature along the way, it’s all life and it all comes from gardening."
So, if you live in the area, or have a business or a school or place or worship, or whatever, why not join in with Garden Friends NW2 and adopt a tree along Fordwych Road and turn this: