Guerrilla gardener to give talks

Gardeners in England will soon be able to attend a talk from a man at the centre of a worldwide movement.

Guerrilla gardening has taken off in the UK, US and Australia among other places and Richard Reynolds is about to set off on a tour of talks about how what he calls horticultural squatting can reinvigorate derelict areas.

The celebrity gardener will give a talk and slide show at Okehampton Library on February 18th with tickets priced just £2.

Local councillor Sheila Hobden explained how she was looking forward to the event and hoped gardeners would come out in force to hear Mr Reynolds speak.

"Richard is a fascinating character and Okehampton Library will be one of the first talks he is doing on his current tour," she said.

Mr Reynolds began guerrilla gardening when he became disenchanted with the amount of derelict land near his London home.

He mainly works at night and is often joined and supported by volunteers.

Meanwhile, Guernsey Trade and Media is encouraging Guernsey gardeners to check out the "endless carpet" of deep-blue native bluebells that will bloom behind Fort George and St Peter Port in April.