Friday, 9 November 2012

Guerilla Gardening in South London

I heard about this Guerrilla Gardeners event thanks to being a follower on facebook of Carshalton Lavender. They posted about this lavender harvest at Morley College, really near to where I live so I knew it was a must for me to join in. It was one of the hottest days of the year, and I headed down, not knowing what to expect.
There seemed to be no one around, I guessed the lavender we were harvesting was on the traffic island opposite Morley College's entrance as it was covered in a blanket of purple flowering shrubs.

I saw a group gathering on the other side of the road and tentaively headed over. I happily met people who also had never done it before. We headed over to the island and spotted the organisers next to a car, hidden behind large bushes. Buckets and secatuers were provided, a quick workshop/explanation on 'how to' was given and we partnered up. 
I teamed up with the fantastic Elaine, and we discovered we were brilliant at gathering lavender. The technique is one person grabs a bunch and twists it, and the other person chops it at the bottom.
Our Lavender bushes looked beautifully coiffered and not one finger was lost. Elaine headed off, and I continued for a while. My hands and face grew grubby from the black dust that came off these traffic isdland plants. I saw the grime on my face and hands as a trophy of my hard work. Eventually the fumes got the best of me as I started to get a tickly cough, so after an hour or 2 I headed home, knackered, burnt, grubby but satisfied and reeking of Lavender.

1 comment:

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