Guerrilla gardens: what happens when communities take over council land

Local authorities own two thirds of publicly owned land in the UK. Though this land is often described as an "asset", councils sometimes see it as expensive to maintain and, because of shrinking budgets, these spaces can fall into disuse.

There are, however, a number of councils who are working with local communities to give these spaces a new lease of life. Partnerships between councils and communities can help give unused pieces of land real value and help cut council maintenance costs.