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Nick from Guerrilla Gardening Guerrilla Gardeners in Tbilisi, just a frame work based on 2 simple questions then should be a call for action. Please help by editing it - adding, deleting …etc
Nick from Guerrilla Gardeners Tbilisi
What's the story
A seven-storey hotel is planned for a site in the middle of Vake Park, the largest in Tbilisi, Georgia, and many trees have already been destroyed, excavations have taken place. Self organised groups of hundreds of citizens gathered to protest peacefully against what was deemed an illegal action. Within six months Vake Park became a permanent camp for creative gatherings, gardening workshops for school children and artistic performances, among many others. The construction has eventually been declared illegal and any further progress stopped.
Now the core activists are starting a court case against city hall for allowing the company to build there. They’re also trying to change the legislation to prevent such developments in the future
Who are they?
The Guerrilla Gardening folks are regular citizens who promote gardening and better care of the green spaces in the city. They are not an organization and don’t intend to become an NGO. About the other protesters, Nick says they are “people like us, regular citizens who don’t have political power as individuals, only when we come together. We ask them to come around and find out what we do, and join forces with us if they find the cause worthy."
The other category of people who help us in fighting the establishment.(??)
They don’t work for free, we have no pro bono lawyers. So we have to fundraise to cover the costs. We gather donations and money for certain causes e.g. taking company to court and winning.
How to become stewards in our communities?
Over at Edgeryders we are solidary with them because we see this as a legitimate way to take back a public good and protect it from destruction. We think of Guerrilla Gardeners as stewards because they are literally building an alternative and are teaching others to collectively manage a community asset.
Situations where city squares, parks and green areas, or even bike lanes become threatened need community intervention to protect and help redefine our relationships with those spaces. Have you ever been in a situation like this where you were asked to step in? How does your community act as a steward to its assets? Leave a comment and tell us about your experience.
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Is this Stewardship ?/ How is it related to stewardship ?/ share your story ? help us in defining what’s stewardship ………Call for participation