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Trust, connection and equity: Can understanding context help to establish successful Campus Community Gardens?
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-20, 18:48 authored by Pauline MarshPauline Marsh, Suzanne MallickSuzanne Mallick, Emily FliesEmily Flies, Penelope JonesPenelope Jones, Sue-Anne PearsonSue-Anne Pearson, Iain Koolhof, Jason ByrneJason Byrne, David Kendal
Campus community gardens (CCGs) can potentially improve student health and wellbeing, mitigate social and ecological problems, and nurture university-community relationships. However, CCGs are located in complex socio-political and ecological settings and many community gardens struggle or fail. However, few studies have assessed the socio-political/ecological context of a garden setting prior to its development to understand the potential barriers and enablers of success. Our study assessed the socio-spatial context of a proposed CCG at a student university accommodation site. We engaged diverse university and community stakeholders through interviews, focus groups and a survey to explore their perceptions of the space generally and the proposed garden specifically. Visual observations and public life surveying were used to determine patterns of behavior. Results confirmed known problems associated with an underutilized site that provides little opportunity for lingering or contact with nature; and unknown barriers, including socially disconnected stakeholders and community distrust of the university. The research also uncovered positive enablers, such as stakeholder appreciation of the social, wellbeing and ecological benefits that a CCG could deliver. Our findings suggest that an in-depth exploration of a proposed garden context can be an important enabler of its success.
Publication titleInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Department/SchoolSchool of Health Sciences
PublisherM D P I AG
Place of publicationSwitzerland
Rights statementCopyright 2020 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/