Since the Guardian article was published, I have received many emails from readers abroad, who’ve been inspired to go and look for plants in their own cities. Some have taken their chalk sticks and started chalking names too, which is fantastic!
In Germany, the hashtags #MehralsUnkraut und #Krautschau (literally “Weed show”) are becoming popular:
In the Netherlands, plant enthusiasts are tweeting their #stoepplantjes finds (“pavement plants”), such as this fantastic range of plants seen in a 25m² patch of pavement.
I am seeing photos from Spain too, with the hashtag “#NoSonMalasHierbas” (“we are not weeds”) and #NombralasConTiza (“name them with chalk”):
I have been contacted by journalists in several countries, so this may encourage even more people to take part. I will create a page to list all the initiatives by country.
If you know of any other initiatives, feel free to let me know! The more people raise awareness on the need to preserve these plants, the more likely we are to be heard by local authorities and to change people’s perception.