The PIYN project involves aspiring artists and performers from Auckland's diverse communities, working with the best of contemporary UK talent, to collaborate, create and celebrate. The programme involves capacity building workshops, online and face to face collaborations and master-classes in creativity.

Over the past 9 months, in association with Auckland City Council, we have been running our urban edible gardens project.

The idea was to create awareness around the ability to grow food amongst city concrete, and general recognition of sustainability and permaculture practices in Auckland.
We have visited community gardens, talked to like minded city dwellers and even pushed ahead to develop two new garden prototypes.

Later in March and Early April we have two final UK delegates to come and share their knowledge about urban farming and gradening practices, so we hope you can come along to welcome them here.

First, we welcome Jane Riddiford, an ex-Kiwi, now living in London. Jane’s Global Generation project takes children on a journey of discovery through the Universe Story as an over arching narrative for sustainability and community building. She calls it the Big Bang Project.

Jane will be talking at the weekly shared lunch session at the Kitchen in Ponsonby on Tuesday 19th March 2013 from 12-2pm.

Second we are delighted to welcome for the first time in New Zealand, Richard Reynolds, the founder of Guerrilla Gardening UK.  Richard began guerrilla gardening almost ten years ago in his Elephant and Castle neighbourhood in London. He has since created gardens throughout his area in London as well as in Beirut, Prague, Moscow and parts of Africa, as well as writing a book on the movement.  The approach to guerrilla gardening is to garden without permission. Richard insists that this is pragmatically appropriate albeit gently provocative.

The movement was started in New York in the 70s by a group called Green Guerillas, although Richard has traced it back in the UK to 1649 and an activist named Gerard Winstanley. Richard will discuss the history of the movement, his examples of guerrilla gardens around the World, his learnings being involved in the movement and other projects such as Pimp Your Pavement, applications to a Pacific context, and future thoughts on where the movement is heading.

Please come and join us for this presentation at BizDojo Co-Space on K Rd Auckland Wednesday April 3rd from 6-8pm.



Images Of Richard from Guerilla Gardening UK, and Jane Riddifords’ skip garden.

British Council in The East Asia region has also been involved in a number of urban gardening and green initiatives. In Australia, they have the loong running Big Green Idea programme, sustainability ideas in China, vertical gardens in Vietnam, as well as the British Council global climate change programme.

Examples of UK activity can be accessed via the below links:


Below are some photos from the vege bounty at the Kitchen’s edible garden over summer (before the drought!):

  1. Rob on Thursday 28, 2013

    There’s a sneaky guerilla gardening project in Carroll St, Ngaio, Wellington. Lots of grass verges going unused, so a few of us got together and built the ‘wibbly wobbly garden’ out of local bricks (lots in this old railway settlement’). Some neighbours donated bricks, others soil/compost, others plants, and lots of helping hands. Now into our second season with our raised garden. The lemon tree went in at Christmas. The council never maintained the verges, so we thought we’d maintain a small space ourselves.

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