In cash-strapped – and now bankrupt – Detroit, a group of volunteers has come together to look after the city’s abandoned parks.

Detroit's Mower Gang
Detroit's Mower Gang, ready for action

Calling themselves the Mower Gang, they describe themselves as ‘one-part biker rally and one-part cleanup’ and say that they have ‘fun while mowing the abandoned parks and playgrounds of Detroit’.

Their particular emphasis is on playgrounds because, as they say, ‘6 year olds can’t mow their own park’.

The Mower Gang is an enterprising and admirable response to a situation where funding has simply disappeared. It is an extreme example of ‘big society’ – but one that it is to be sincerely hoped will not be needed here.

Read more about the Mower Gang.



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