At the launch of Pimp Your Pavement, 16 March 2010, Trinity Street London, SE1

Pimp Your Pavement is 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.

Pimp Your Pavement was born in 2010 out of my experience of guerrilla gardening in London and of meeting guerrilla gardeners around the world. Whereas guerrilla gardening is defined by how you go about gardening and may encompass vast roundabouts, abandoned lots and even private space, Pimp Your Pavement is defined by just where you do it, on the pavement beyond your boundaries. So whether it’s done with or without permission pimp your pavement turns a down trodden thoroughfare into something more life giving. Typically the spaces tended are “tree pits”, those muddy, sandy or gravelly spaces around trees. All to often there’s barely space for the tree, let alone a garden, but look closely and you may realise what looks like solid ground is actually just compacted mud, and with a good forking (careful not to damage the roots of the tree) you’ll have it cultivated. Learn more about how to pimp your pavement in the How To section.

Pimp Your Pavement seeks to change the way we look at and use the public realm, whether as residents, maintenance staff, designers or policy makers. Pimp Your Pavement appropriates the language of the street for the good of the street life. It is a largely unfunded not-for-profit part-time voluntary activity. You can contribute by doing it and sharing what you’ve done here.

Thanks, Richard Reynolds.