Author Archives: Richard Reynolds

The value of community involvement

I’m reading through the detail of Southwark Council’s new Tree Strategy. They’re determined to do better, and while there are still some significant oversights – the maintenance and inspection regime is too infrequent – they now recognise the value of … Continue reading

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Pimp Your Pavement Walking Tour 20 June

As part of the London Festival of Architecture I’ll be leading a 90 minute walking tour around the numerous pimped pavements (and beyond) of Southwark, most of which are guerrilla gardens. We start in the centre of the Elephant & … Continue reading

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The beauty of tree cages

Young trees are often caged in a wire fence, which is all very sensible (as long as the cage is removed when the tree gets bigger and isn’t left to pierce into the trunk) but also quite ugly. Beyond ugly, … Continue reading

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The Gardens of You Me Bum Bum Train’s

When You Me Bum Bum Train got in touch I thought they might be confused about what kind of pimping I offered. But they weren’t. They needed help transforming two very miserable old flower beds outside a derelict council office … Continue reading

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Stoke Newington’s Ladies That Pimp

I gave a talk at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival this morning about guerrilla gardening and my Pimp Your Pavement project. And afterwards a delighted woman called Chris told me about her street nearby where several residents have been planting … Continue reading

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Big Lunch gathers pace

I’m planning another Big Lunch this year, and pimping the pavements in preparation. Out there this evening I bumped into Becki, a stranger, but actually a neighbour of 12 months. It turns out she’s a community youth leader too. So … Continue reading

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Spottings

I’m spotting more pimped pavements around London, tentative little seasonal plantings of bright bedding. These are encouraging signs, simple steps towards something more spectacular. Here’s one in a traditional tree pit on Kings Cross Road, and another on Cold Harbour … Continue reading

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