It's model turned community gardener Mak Gilchrist. And her mum. Celebrating the grand opening of The Edible Bus Stop (EBS) project in Stockwell, London. Remember I told you about multi-talented Mak before? We worked together when I was a fashion editor, in a former, more glamorous life - and met again, a couple of years ago, when I read about The EBS project in the newspaper. What started as a spot of guerilla gardening amongst the 47-year-old and some friends and neighbours, has turned into a full-time occupation. Plans are now underway to create a network of gardens.
It was a proper street party. With a steel band. And local residents gathered to help bed plants, eat, drink and celebrate. When the man with the walking stick (below, below) started dancing, I very nearly blubbed. As Mak points out, 'This isn't a garden to be modest about, it's absolutely awesome! We should rightly be very proud of ourselves. A dedicated group worked very hard to make this happen. Essentially we used gardening as a tool to galvanize the community.'
There was even a guest guerilla gardener, ahem:
This inspirational project shows the power of the people, and how a strong vision and determination can pull a local community together - and change the whole face of a neighborhood. Isn't that how New York's High Line came about?
Forget Chelsea Flower Show, I'm staying in Stockwell. Mak Gilchrist for Mayor!