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By Michael Hardman

The booklet explores how unused and under-used city areas – from grass verges, roundabouts, eco-friendly areas – were made extra visually fascinating and extra efficient, via casual (and frequently unlawful) teams often called “guerrilla gardeners”. The ebook specializes in teams within the English Midlands however the paintings is determined in a wide foreign context and divulges how and why they adopt this criminality. Guerrilla gardening is mostly considered uncritically and promoted as a valuable task: this learn presents a extra balanced evaluate and makes a speciality of its contribution by way of neighborhood nutrition production.

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However, there are a few notable projects; for example, the Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) created an edible roof garden in 2002 to act as an education tool, promoting permaculture in Reading’s town centre (RISC 2009). On a wider scale, a more holistic, citywide study, commissioned by ‘The Mersey Forest’, attempted to identify suitable locations in innercity Liverpool for green roof development (Natural Economy NorthWest 2009). That study explores food production and emphasises that ‘green roofs have the potential to grow food, and have been used by community groups looking for additional garden space, as well as restaurants, hotels and hospitals who have used roofs to provide fresh herbs and salad’ (Natural Economy NorthWest 2009: 6).

This is echoed by PlanLoCal (2012) who stipulates that ‘if you have an idea for a low carbon project or a community garden, you are likely to need some sort of planning permission to make it happen’, and with the latter proposal, evidence of ‘community support’ would be required. The recent report by the WRO (2012), although not concentrating specially on UA (16 % of the sites surveyed were urban), raises questions regarding the public’s perception of the planning system, particularly the arduous process of obtaining permission to use land.

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