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Greener growing: assessing the influence of gardening practices on the ecological viability of community gardens in South East Queensland, Australia
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-19, 16:56 authored by Guitart, DA, Jason ByrneJason Byrne, Pickering, CM
While claims about the environmental benefits of community gardens abound, few researchers have systematically assessed the ecological integrity of gardening practices. This study investigated gardening practices in 50 community gardens in Brisbane and Gold Coast cities, Australia. The study aimed to better understand how gardening practices might affect the ecological viability of community gardens. Factors investigated included: garden bio-physical characteristics, operators’ motivations, gardeners’ socio-demographic backgrounds, garden facilities and types of plants grown. Two broad types of gardens were identified: permaculture (21 gardens) and non-permaculture (29 gardens). Permaculture gardens used lower-impact gardening practices. Findings have policy implications for environmental planning and management.
Publication titleJournal of Environmental Planning and Management
Department/SchoolSchool of Geography, Planning and Spatial Sciences
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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